Greg Leyshon: Osborne Clarke

What was your first-ever job?
Frozen food assistant at Tesco.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

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?
There’s no ‘usual’ – it very much depends on workflows.

What do you do at weekends?
Spend time with the family, which is code for taking the children to swimming, gymnastics, football, horse-riding etc, as well as going mountain biking and walking.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford – what Raymond Blanc does with food is almost alchemy.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Outside half for Wales – in my dreams.

Who’s your hero and why?
My father’s always been my role model, although he practised in a different area of law. His ability to handle his criminal clients has always been inspiring and I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The people.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The hours.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Near mistake: 2am one Christmas Eve dismissing a completion meeting of around 30 people, as we were just awaiting fax signatures from one of the absent parties. The meeting had been running for 40 hours. The absent party raised issues at the very last minute, rather than faxing through the signatures as they said they were going to do, and I had to call people back. Fortunately they were still in the building. We successfully completed the deal two hours later. The lesson: trust what people send you, rather that what they say they’re going to send you.

What car do you drive?
BMW convertible – great in the summer.

What book are you currently reading?
Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks.

What’s on your iPod player at the moment?
Sorry, don’t have an iPod, but if I did Under A Blood Red Sky by U2 would definitely be on it.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
The £410m sale of Apollo last year. A complex, controlled auction process that involved a number of moving parts.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
A hammock, as I’d never be able to make one, and a cold beer dispenser.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
Heathrow Airport – for obvious reasons.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
54 hours.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Being Welsh I’d like to say the late Richard Burton or Anthony Hopkins, but with my luck it would be Christopher Biggins.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Al Livingstone, Osborne Clarke head of corporate in Bristol. If you’ve met him you’ll know why.

Name: Greg Leyshon
Firm: Osborne Clarke
Title: National head of private equity
Lives: Berkshire
Education: Cardiff University, Chester College of Law
Work history: 1992-94: Trainee, Bond Pearce
1994-97: Solicitor, Osborne Clarke
1997-99: Associate1999-present: Partner