The work-life quiz


What was your first ever job?
A holiday job as a data processor with IBM.


What was your first ever job?
A holiday job as a data processor with IBM.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Being reduced to tears at the impossible demands made by one of the litigation partners.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The post room.

What time do you usually leave the office?
6.30pm.

What do you do at weekends?
In the summer play or umpire cricket; in the winter, watch one of my sons play rugby or Colchester United play soccer.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Le Talbooth at Gun Hill in Dedham, near Colchester.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
In my dreams, a professional cricketer; in reality, a teacher of classics.

Who was your mentor or role model?
Mike Brearley, former captain of the England Cricket Team. When I was at primary school, Mike was at Cambridge University and was held out to me by my headmaster as a fine example of how to work hard and play hard.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Having a significant part to play in the development of bright young lawyers.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Standing at the bottom of a very steep mountain at the beginning of each financial year.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
On one occasion underestimating the
importance of culture in a firm; I wouldn’t
make the same mistake again.

What car(s) do you drive?
Rover 75.

What book are you currently reading?
Village Cricket by Tim Heald.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
One of the Mozart symphonies; my boxed set of all 50 is the prize of my collection.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Bunbury Tales series by David English, an old cricketing adversary.