The work-life quiz

Laurence Harris, managing partner, Kendall Freeman

What was your first ever job?
Paperboy

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Leaving the senior partner’s mobile phone in a taxi. He took it quite well in the circumstances.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Anywhere there are are two or three trainees, or the print and post room.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Usually about 7pm, unless I have a dinner or am in the middle of a heavy case.

What do you do at weekends?
Act as taxi to support my kids’ social life, but when they can fit me in, lots of family cycling and walking.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
For work the Bleeding Heart; outside London, Morston Hall on the North Norfolk coast, which has wonderful food in a beautiful setting.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A teacher or a successful politician. I stood for Parliament in 1992 and 1997 – I’ve managed to combine law with being an unsuccessful politician quite well.

Who was your mentor or role model?
It’s hard to single out one person, but a number of members of the staff at my secondary school had a profound influence on me, as has my wife Debbie.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The people – predictable but true. It was the reason why I trained at the firm and have never worked anywhere else since.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Not seeing more of my family during the week.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
I should have taken a year out before I started working. I’ve made up for it by trying to take regular holidays and have been lucky to see quite a lot of the world.

What car(s) do you drive?
A slightly battered Volvo V70 estate.

What book are you currently reading?
The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri. It’s set in Sicily, where we spent a wonderful fortnight this summer.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Jamie Cullum – Twenty Something.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
How to be a Pirate – the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, by Cressida Cowell.