The work-life quiz

Andrew Sutch, senior partner, Stephenson Harwood

What was your first ever job?

Handing out questionnaires on an airline owned by Court Line, flying between London and New York. Court Line went bust a few months later.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Losing an application before the Master at the High Court, even though the other side was not present or represented.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
7.30pm on a fairly regular basis.

What do you do at weekends?
Spend time with my family and go running.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Le Moulin de Mougins in the Cote d’Azur in France.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
An actor, or possibly a diplomat.

Who was your mentor or role model?
A number of Stephenson Harwood partners, principally Peter Simpson, a corporate partner, who taught me to give commercial advice in a legal context.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Working with people and clients I like and enjoying getting things right.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Not being able to do all the things I want to do and am capable of doing.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Allowing a manager of a company, which was being sold by our client, to photocopy a letter from the purchaser’s solicitors. The manager wasn’t meant to know who the purchaser was, but the letter gave the game away. Never be too trusting.

What car(s) do you drive?
Mercedes E-Class Estate.

What book are you currently reading?
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Edward Elgar.

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