The work-life quiz

Michael Shaw, managing partner, Cobbetts

What was your first ever job?
Scrubbing out the toilets in a service station.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Handing matches to a prisoner charged with murdering his wife by setting her on fire.

Where is the best place to go if you really want to find out what’s going on in the office?
All Bar One across the street.

What time do you usually leave the office?

What do you do at weekends?
Apart from trying not to antagonise the rest of the family, enjoy the great outdoors.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Magpie in Whitby.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
A rock icon.

Who was your mentor or role model?
Fred Sneddon at McGrigors, who never failed to keep his partners’ feet on the ground.

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

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
It can’t be termed tough compared with jobs in other walks of life.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
About once a year I resolve to trust my instincts a little bit more.

What car(s) do you drive?
A black one, which my wife says is too flash.

What book are you currently reading?
Golf Dreams by John Updike.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
The latest [Red Hot] Chili Peppers’ release. I’m not trying to recapture my youth, but my children tend to dictate what’s around.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Swallows and Amazons [by Arthur Ransome].