Work Life Quiz: Paul Springall, HowardKennedyFsi


What was your first-ever job?

Filing clerk at solicitors Wilkinson Kimbers & Staddon.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Serving a non-molestation order on a bouncer.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Le Kiosk, Shelley Beach, Manley, NSW Australia.

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

A radio presenter.

What is your favourite film?


What was the first record you bought?

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

Who’s your hero and why?

Juan Manuel Fangio – he was the most sublime racing driver ever.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?


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

Serving an inaccurate Section 25 notice and consequently paying attention to detail.

What car do you drive?

Jaguar XK.

What book are you currently reading?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you have worked on?

An abortive development of Rainham Marshes for Universal Studios – because of the need of regeneration.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?

A piano and a solar-powered iPad.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

Danny DeVito – he’s funny.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Janet Street-Porter – she would not be quiet.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)

I am a trained banana farmer; I enjoy paraskiing; I have driven a red Ferrari Dino along the Grande Corniche.


Name: Paul Springall

Title: Partner

Firm: HowardKennedyFsi

Lives: Dulwich


1978-1981: LLB, University of Southampton

1981-1982: Law, College Of Law, Guildford

Work history:

1982-1984: Trainee, Michael Freeman & Co

1984-1986: Associate, Lawrence Messer & Co

1986-1988: Associate,

Durrant Piesse & Lovell White Durrant

1988-1994: Partner,

Holman Fenwick & Willan

1995-present: Partner and

head of property, HowardKennedyFsi