What was your first ever job? Construction worker, building a swimming pool in France.
What was your worst experience as a trainee? Hearing a managing clerk summarise my eight-page letter of advice in a single sentence – and he was right!
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Take a trainee out to a local bar for a drink.
What time do you usually leave the office? 6.30pm.
What do you do at weekends? Go to the theatre or cinema – and wash the car.
What’s your favourite restaurant? The Great Gallery Restaurant at the RAC Club.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been? Something in the motor industry – I love cars.
Who was your mentor or role model? Lord Nathan.
What’s the best thing about your job? Watching young lawyers develop, mature and become successful.
What’s the toughest thing about your job? Telling a colleague that his or her pet project lacks partnership support.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it? As a young partner I lost a corporate client which grew to become an industry leader controlled by one of the richest families in the world. My mistake was to rely on a junior lawyer who didn’t deal with the job with the required degree of urgency. I’ve learnt to be careful about how – and towhom – I delegate.
What car(s) do you drive? Lexus and Mercedes.
What book are you currently reading? Influence: Science and Practice by Robert Cialdini.
What’s on your CD player at the moment? Violinkonzert op 77 by Brahms and played by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the New York Phil, conducted by Kurt Masur.
What’s your favourite children’s book? The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting.