The work-life quiz

Nick Davenport, senior partner, Turner Parkinson


What was your first-ever job?
Lobster fisherman.

What was your worst experience as a
trainee?

Being a passenger in any car driven by my principal
– it was a terrifying experience I had to endure
regularly.

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

My firm’s monthly support staff meetings – you can
always get all the gossip there.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Around 6pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Play golf, attempt to keep my children happy and
become a party animal.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Yang Sing in Manchester.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you
have been?

Probably a scientist of some form – I went to
university to read chemistry.

Who was your mentor or role model?
The partner I worked for when I qualified – he
worked almost exclusively for a national brewery.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Dealing with people.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Dismissing staff.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake
and what did you learn from it?

Abandoning lobster fishing to go to university. Life as
a student was incredibly dull and an overrated
experience.

What car(s) do you drive?
BMW 730d.

What book are you currently reading?
Calling the Shots by Michael Vaughan.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Coldplay’s X&Y and Echoes: the Best of Pink Floyd.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd.