Work Life Quiz: Gavin Wakefield, Technology Law Alliance

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

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Getting feedback from my pupil master on my draft opinions.

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

Wherever the smokers meet.

What time do you usually leave the office?

As soon as I can – rarely after 7pm.

What do you do at weekends?

A lot of what you do if you have boys and a little of what you do if you don’t.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

It’s not a restaurant, but I like to eat at Mudeford Sandspit in Christchurch, with mackerel and bass on the barbecue.

What’s your favourite film?

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

What was the first record you ever bought?

My Sharona by The Knack.

Who’s your hero and why?

Bob Marley. He could sing and play football.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I work for myself and go to our kids’ school events.

What’s the toughest thing about your job? 

Having to work when the sun shines.

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

Taking up a cause without knowing it was a political issue. Make sure you know your enemy.

What car do you drive?

VW Golf.

What book are you reading? 

Vulcan 607 by Rowland White. Saved from being scrapped for one last ­mission.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

The Biggles series is great.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

Working on cases doesn’t fit with my definition of excitement.

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

My wife Sue and our bundle of boys.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?

We don’t do partner conferences, but we do meet in pubs occasionally. There may have been a few dodgy ones among them. Clients and colleagues get more exciting days out.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?

I’ve missed the occasional night’s sleep for work.

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

Yul Brynner – he wouldn’t need a wig.

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

TV football pundit Mark Lawrenson. “I mean, its been 45 minutes so far I mean, you know, no space at all, you know. There’s been no movement at all Gary…” Would I not like that.

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

My children always behave themselves; I once scored a goal in a cup final at Wembley; I had a spell as a pig farmer – outdoor-reared pigs, of course.


Name: Gavin Wakefield

Firm: Technology Law Alliance

Title: Director

Lives: New Forest, Dorset


1987-90: LLB (Hons), University of Warwick

1991-92: Inns of Court School of Law (now The City Law School)

Work history:

1992-93: Pupil, Thomas More Chambers

1993-94: Pupil, 1 Essex Court

1994-96: IT lawyer, Provident Mutual (now part of Aviva)

1996-98: Sole counsel, Dun & Bradstreet

1998-99: Senior counsel and general counsel, Asia, Capgemini UK

2000-03: General counsel, UK & Ireland, Capgemini UK

2003-present: Director, Technology Law Alliance