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Commercial property partner Patrick Andrews qualified in 1986 at Dundas & Wilson. A year later he moved to arch rival Shepherd + Wedderburn (S+W) and this month took up the management reins from Paul Hally, who stood down after five years at the helm. The son of a former S+W partner, Andrews heads a firm which has just posted a 13 per cent turnover increase to £29m, which plans to open a new office in Aberdeen and which has an expanding London office.
What was your first ever job? Fishing for lobsters.
What was your worst experience as a trainee? A week doing executry/probate.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? The pub on a Friday night – not too early, but not too late.
What time do you usually leave the office? 7.30pm.
What do you do at weekends? Sail, canoe and spend time with my children.
What’s your favourite restaurant? Gamba in Glasgow.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been? A hotelier.
Who was your mentor or role model? David Smith and Hugh Donald [both S+W partners].
What’s the best thing about your job? The people – yes, including partners.
What’s the toughest thing about your job? The people – yes, including partners.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it? Driving into a pillar at the Scottish Land Registrar as a trainee. I learnt that concrete is harder than steel.
What car(s) do you drive? Audi A4 Avant – yellow – and Landrover Defender – rusty.
What book are you currently reading? The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
What’s on your CD player at the moment? Dolly Parton.