The work-life quiz

Matthew Higdon, partner, M-Law

What was your first ever job?
Buying yams in Dar es Salaam market for my mum’s friends. As a ginger six year old schooled in Swahili, I had high novelty value and could always get the best, best price.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Most of it, but especially aircraft finance.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Louise’s outbox or Chris’s lunchbox.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Hopefully in time to read bedtime stories.

What do you do at weekends?
Play the bass in a sad dad’s band, occasionally play with racing cars and mostly squabble with my family.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
La Terrasse in Mougins on the French Riviera – hard to find but worth the effort.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A failed bass player.

Who was your mentor or role model?
Ian Dury and Julius Nyerere.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The fact that I can get in at the crack of 11am.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The transvestites opposite look pretty tough (and Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison are also quite hard).

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
A brief sojourn at a US firm; money can’t buy happiness, only cars.

What car(s) do you drive?
1971 Ferrari Dino, Lotus LM racing car and sad dad’s Saab – it’s even automatic.

What book are you currently reading?
Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, (no, honest) and Faster, Faster, Little Red Train.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Bert Kaempfert’s A Swinging Safari, on eight track from ebay, Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock and Toxic (I can’t believe I like Britney).

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.