Paul Marsh: Downs

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Gordon Brown. No ­explanation needed.

Paul Marsh: DownsWhat was your first-ever job?
Car salesman.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Attending court to meet counsel who did not turn up.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?

What do you do at weekends?
Be with the family, work in the garden or garage.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
Tratatoria, High St, ­Swanage, Dorset.

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

Who’s your hero and why?
Eric Clapton – he faced out his personal demons in public.

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

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Balancing conflicting issues.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Trusting a partner. Always make sure you have a ­written partnership deed.

What car do you drive?
Morgan Plus Four.

What book are you reading?
Andrew Marr’s A History of Modern Britain.

What’s on your iPod?
Eric Clapton.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
The merger of a university and a medical school.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
My wife and my children.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
The New Forest, because no one wanted to work.

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

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Walter Matthau. He and I have the same sense of humour.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Gordon Brown. No ­explanation needed.

Paul Marsh
Firm: Downs Solicitors
Title: President of the Law ­Society, England and Wales
Lives: Guildford, Surrey
1959-66: Raynes Park ­Grammar School
1966-69: Coventry University
1969-70: College of Law
Work history:
1970-72: Articled clerk, Carter Bells Solicitors
1972-73: Assistant solicitor, Carter Bells
1973-2006: Partner, Carter Bells
2006-07: Consultant, Carter Bells
2007-present: Consultant, Downs