The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job?

Operating an industrial floor-waxer for a firm of company cleaners. The job did not last very long because of the damage I caused to the office telephone equipment.

What was your worst experience as a pupil?

Being briefed to obtain an undefended divorce on the Isle of Wight – I failed to obtain the divorce.

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

I’m afraid I’m not going to blow the cover of my source.

What time do you usually leave the office?

As early as work allows.

What do you do at weekends?

Satisfy life’s essentials: play sport, eat, drink and enjoy time with my family.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Osteria dei Poeti in Bologna.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?

I suppose something in the City.

Who was your mentor or role model?

My father.

What’s the best thing about your job?


What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Cross-examining children.

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

I’m unable to say which is the worst work mistake that I’ve made because there have been too many of them. I try not to make the same mistake twice.

What car(s) do you drive?

Audi A4.

What book are you currently reading?

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

JJ Cale.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.