The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job?

Printroom assistant.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Failing to find my client at Horseferry Road Magistrates Court. It transpired that he was in the cells, which in retrospect was a place I should have looked for a malicious wounding charge. It was a deeply humiliating experience.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Marketing – they’re truly gifted gossips, a quality I greatly admire.

What time do you usually leave the office?
7:30pm, in time to read bedtime stories to my children.

What do you do at the weekends?
Shamelessly indulge my children and watch live sport.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Fredericks, Camden Passage.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Not a clue. It’s a unique skill set – “smart and useless” as it was put so well in Pretty Woman.

Who was your mentor or role model?
John Bowers QC.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Working every day with people that I would – and do – happily go out for a meal with socially.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Administration – it’s anathema to me and frequently completely pointless. It should be regulated.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
If there was one thing I would have done differently, it would have been to spend time in-house. The difference between good and excellent service often lies in understanding how the world looks from the client’s perspective.

What car(s) do you drive?
VW Golf GTI.

What book are you currently reading?
The Meaning of Things by AC Grayling, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Turnaround: How Carlos Ghosn Rescued Nissan by David Magee and The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer (to the kids).

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
James Blunt, Bjork, Busted, REM, Madonna and a ‘dance party’ combination – I have a six-loading Bang & Olufsen system hijacked by the children.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
That is very difficult given the choice. Possibly The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde or, for contemporary children’s fiction, it would have to be the Harry Potter series, which is an absolute classic in our midst.