Name: Patrick Duxbury
Firm: Gowling WLG
Trained at: Philip Conn & Co (niche Manchester IP firm)
Year qualified: 1993
What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee?
The first time a client actually asked for my advice. I suddenly realised that I had to give them a view and they would rely on it. It felt quite scary at the time.
What is the wisest thing anyone ever said to you (and who said it)?
“Work hard and play hard.” Mr Dewhurst, my English teacher at school.
Who (for better or worse) has been the most influential person in your career? Why?
Gordon Harris – head of IP at Gowling WLG. He recruited me in 1995 and it was his vision for a leading IP team that made me join.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get to where you are/do the job you do?
Have a clear plan of where you want to get to but be prepared to be flexible. There will be bumps in the road. For me personally I always knew that I wanted to focus in life sciences so that made it easy. Immersing myself in that sector has certainly helped me. Clients really appreciate someone who is interested in what they do.
What’s your best friend from law school doing now?
It’s actually interesting to see the various careers that people have gone on to have. Some have stayed in the law and are now in senior positions in house or in law firms, one lives in Monaco, one now runs a fantastic social enterprise which she set up having quit as a partner in a large law firm and has been awarded a CBE. It shows that if law as a career isn’t for you it can still lead to a great career in something else.