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John Philip Greenfield, head of litigation, Carey Olsen
What was your first job?
Holding up a luminous sign for a crop-spraying plane to use as a target, getting sprayed with a toxic chemical and then walking 24 paces along the field for the plane to come and spray me again.
What was your worst experience as a trainee? In those days you were called articled clerks and did not get paid. In the evening I worked as a process server and on one occasion had to hide in a cupboard to serve a summons on a notoriously violent individual. Fortunately, I could run faster.
Where's the best place to go if you want to find out what's really going on in the office? The coffee machine.
What time do you usually leave the office? 7pm. Working in Guernsey, I can be home by 7.10pm.
What do you do at the weekend? Catch up with family and friends and play as much sport (especially tennis) as possible.
What's your favourite restaurant? Simply Ireland in Guernsey. In London, Moros.
If you weren't a lawyer, what would you have been? A cricketer for Yorkshire. I never quite forgave my parents for moving out of Yorkshire just before I was born, which I always contended was the only reason in those days I could not play for Yorkshire.
Who was your mentor or role model? I have to confess I avidly watched Perry Mason as a teenager. Also the former senior partner of my first firm, who built up a large court advocacy practice.
What's the best thing about your job? The clients.
What's the toughest thing about your job? The clients.
What's your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it? Defending a noise nuisance case and calling a neighbour to say they had no objections, only discovering the neighbour was stone deaf in the witness box. I had to shout to get him to hear me, much to the amused delight of the judge and the opposition.
What car(s) do you drive? Mini Cooper S - ideal and nippy for Guernsey roads.
What book are you currently reading? To be strictly accurate the 1999 White Book (the version followed in the Royal Court of Guernsey). For leisure a book called Fork Wood.
What's on your CD player at the moment? The Very Best of Led Zeppelin - trying to relive my youth.
What's your favourite children's book? Anything by Roald Dahl.