Work Life Quiz: Will Waldron QC, Exchange Chambers
31 October 2011 | Updated: 31 October 2011 11:11 am
What was your first-ever job?
I was a programme assistant at Radio City in Liverpool.
What was your worst experience as a pupil?
Being made to wear my wig and gown a long time before I was “on my feet”, thus looking and feeling like a spare part most of the time.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
What time do you usually leave the office?
What do you do at weekends?
Winter: watch Everton and get depressed. Summer: watch Everton’s transfer activity and get depressed. Other than that, fly a light aircraft, visit my favourite place on earth in North Wales and try to relax.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Moorings, Borth y Gest, North Wales.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
Airline pilot. Short sight and colour blindness didn’t help.
What’s your favourite film?
What was the first record you ever bought?
Telstar by The Tornados.
Who’s your hero and why?
Every catastrophically injured client I meet because they are unerringly dignified
What’s the best thing about your job?
Meeting the above.
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The responsibility of making decisions that may affect the remainder of a catastrophically injured person’s life.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Trusting an opponent who wasn’t trustworthy, from which I learned that you are always better to ‘get it in writing’.
What car do you drive?
What book are you currently reading?
Regeneration by Pat Barker.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.
What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
A serious gliding accident involving catastrophic injury because the evidence was enthralling, the claimant and his wife a total delight, my instructing solicitor a dream and the result a triumph.
If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
My guitar and my Ikea bed.
What’s the worst conference location you’ve attended and why?
A house in a very depressed town in the far North East of England, because it took forever to get there, the day was freezing and the premises so dirty and unpleasant that my solicitor said he wouldn’t risk having a cup of tea. The sadness of the circumstances remains with me to this day.
What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Clint Eastwood, because just once in my life I’d like to pretend I could be that cool.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Derek Hatton, because his only topic of conversation would be Derek Hatton.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)
My boyhood hero was John Denver and I went to Colorado to visit his memorial garden after his death; I played in a charity football match at Goodison Park and scored the winning goal; I once turned on the Christmas lights in Cardiff with the then Miss Great Britain, who gave me her number and told me to call her, and I never did.
Name: Will Waldron QC
Set: Exchange Chambers
1969-76: St Edward’s College, Liverpool
1976-79: LLB, University of Wales (Cardiff)
1985-86: Inns of Court School of Law, London
1980-85: programme assistant, commercial radio station CBC, Cardiff
1986-present: Exchange Chambers, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds
2001: Recorder of the Crown and County Courts