The work-life quiz

Tim Raper, construction and engineering head, Speechly Bircham

What was your first ever job?

Ice-cream van driver.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Serving an injunction on a famous singer who was in a theatre, along with a large number of people, watching his new video. I had to walk through the audience to the singer, who was instantly recognisable, and ask him to identify himself. Needless to say the audience found this somewhat amusing and gave me a standing ovation.

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

One of my partners, no names mentioned – but you know who you are.

What time do you usually leave the office?


What do you do at weekends?

Taxi driver, but not for much longer as my kids are all nearly driving.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

The Zetter in Clerkenwell.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?

A chef.

Who was your mentor or role model?

Tony Russell, who was senior partner at Russells (and my father).

What’s the best thing about your job?

Winning a new client.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Wondering when I’m going to win a new client.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

Taking responsibility for our move to new premises. It is sometimes more interesting to be the client, and requires taking decisions.

What car(s) do you drive?

Mercedes ML.

What book are you currently reading?

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

Coldplay’s X&Y.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Philip Pullman’s trilogy.