Gary Johnston: Mathys & Squire

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Professional bingo caller.

Gary Johnston: Mathys & SquireWhat was your first-ever job?
At the age of 13 I called bingo numbers at a large amusement arcade.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
I was once asked to write up meeting notes of a meeting I had not attended with only hand-written scrawl to work from – after much consternation, I plucked up the courage to refuse to do it.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The kitchen.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Usually 6.00-6.30pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Apart form being a taxi service for my nine-year-old son, I make the most of the time by enjoying life with family and friends.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
For lunch, San Carlo in Manchester; for dinner, Hannis in Sale, Cheshire.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Professional bingo caller.

Who’s your hero and why?
Mother Theresa – faith, perseverance and love in the face of unrelenting, hellish adversity.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The immense diversity of people you have the ­honour of meeting.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Seeing brand names everywhere and suppressing the urge to comment.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Missing a deadline date on a large opposition case. While not proving ­ultimately fatal, it ­emphasised the need for proper ­systems back-up.

What do you drive?
Honda Accord.

What book are you currently reading?
Attila: The Judgement by William Napier.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Around 13,000 tracks ranging from Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, Credence Clearwater Revival to Coldplay, Pink Floyd to Girls Aloud, Prince to Pink – a bit of everything.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
The Harry Potter series.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
Successfully defending a Canadian applicant against an opposition filed on behalf of the owners of Captain Birdseye.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?
An iPod with an everlasting battery and a vast library.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
Downtown Atlanta, ­Georgia can be pretty scary at night.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Not applicable – a good day’s work requires a good night’s sleep equals a good day’s work etc.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones – he takes his opportunities when presented.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
The Krankies – ‘Fandabidozi’ would wear thin very quickly.

Gary Johnston
Firm: Mathys & Squire (patent and trademark attorneys)
Title: Partner
Lives: Brooklands, Sale, Cheshire
1978-85: St Colman’s College, Newry
1987-90: Law, University of Central ­Lancashire

Work History:
1990-94: Trainee trademark attorney, William A Shepherd & Son
1995-97: Partner, William A Shepherd & Son
1997-2008: Managing Director, William A ­Shepherd & Son
2008-present: Partner, Mathys & Squire

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