Andrew Woolfson, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?  An ID and avatar set up for me on Second Life.

Name: Andrew Woolfson

Firm: Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Position: Director of knowledge management and capability

Lives: Bedfordshire

What time do you start work each day?     Usually before I arrive in the office. 

What’s the dullest task you’ve ever been given?   

I think it was reclassifying the natural sciences section in a library where I once worked. Alpha particles to Ova was fine but Plutonium to Zygote became tedious.

What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?  

An ID and avatar set up for me on Second Life.

If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?   

The summary execution of those who use the rising inflection. Statements aren’t questions. “Does that make sense?”… oh make it two laws.

How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future?)   

It would go very fast – as it would be red and Italian.

What are the best perks of your role?   

I love a good perk. Mine is getting to play with concepts and technology in the company of fun, clever people.

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?   

I am believer of dress sideways, ie to suit the people around you. 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked to do at work?   

Notions of normality are increasingly being challenged – I love it.

What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?   

One partner in an old firm thought I supported Liverpool; I am a Man U fan through and through.

How do you unwind after the end of a hard week? 

By looking at my Cannondale, then at my running shoes, then my trekking boots, then my unfinished copy of Finnegan’s Wake. Then I go out for a blast in the car.

Do you see your colleagues on weekends?   

Rare event, but when it happens it’s good. 

Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details). 

No, but I once fell down the stairs. It wasn’t my heart that was broken. 

If you were a lawyer what would your practice area be and why? 

IP and privacy. It’s right up there with issues of the day. Privacy is now something to be managed and how IP interacts with the internet is fascinating.

Which is the best practice group for gossip and why?   

Probably defamation, but I am bound by a High Court gagging order not to say why.

Given the chance, which overseas office would you work in?  

From the Terralex network it would be one near to Monterey, so I can surf with the sea otters.

What do you eat for lunch?  

We’ve got an award winning café – why go elsewhere?

Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?  

Yes and my waistline is less (in inches). I wonder how long I can keep that up; did I mention our wonderful café?

What items do you always carry around with you at work?   

A laptop and emergency whistle to attract attention, plus my Flip video, iPad, and where did I leave my Blackberry? 

Of whom do you have photos on your desk?   

I have pictures scrolling on my iPad – keeps me entertained.

Which pub do the non-lawyers drink in?  

Can’t find one, the lawyers have taken over the world. If someone knows one – then let me know.  

Soy Latte or Nescafe?  

A decent cup of tea. 

City break or weekend in the country?  

Driving through countries.

Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.   

Modern, savvy, fun.