What was your first ever job?
A labourer in a timber yard.
What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Being asked by my principal in my first week to see a married couple about a “minor” matter. It turned out that their teenage son had committed suicide; they were understandably distraught and wanted to know what their legal remedies were. I had no idea what to do or what to say.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The smoking shed.
What time do you usually leave the office?7-7.15pm.
What do you do at weekends?
Play some bad golf, eat and drink well (usually too well) and run around after three young and precocious children.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
A restaurant in Piazza Navona, Rome. I can take you to it but can’t remember its name.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Fantasy answer: playing “in the hole” just behind the strikers for Bolton Wanderers. Reality answer: an officer in the Army.
Who is your mentor or role model?
What’s the best thing about your job?
Exceeding client expectations.
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Meeting (never mind exceeding) client expectations.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
As a young solicitor at a new firm I missed a court appointment and our action was struck out. I issued an application to reinstate the action, but missed that appointment as well. Not surprisingly the matter was reported to our professional indemnity insurers. Lesson learned: look at my diary at least every few hours.
What car(s) do you drive?
What book are you currently reading?
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.