Steven Grant: Pannone

What was your first-ever job?

A holiday job while I was at school, reconciling sales figures for a local steel business – mind-numbingly dull.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
My first hearing in front of a district judge – I was sent there with no preparation and with no knowledge of the matter concerned. I remember the sinking feeling to this day.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
Around 7pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Ferry two of my children around south Manchester, eat, drink and sleep. Occasionally visit the City of Manchester Stadium.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
I have two favourites: St Martin’s Hotel, Isles of Scilly, and Yang Sing, Manchester.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
More relaxed.

Who’s your hero and why?
Sir Harry Flashman, VC. Read the books to find out why.

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

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The variety.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Worrying endlessly about a clause in a contract I had drafted that was the subject of litigation. All ended happily. I learned there was no point worrying about things you have no control over.

What car do you drive?
A Range Rover.

What book are you currently reading?
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.

What’s on your iPod?
Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?
The statutory division and subsequent privatisation of Greater Manchester Buses. It involved everything from government ministers to hordes of angry bus drivers and was one of the largest deals in Manchester of its day.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
A good book and plenty of suntan lotion.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
A hotel near the NEC in the days when we had a London office – it was a grisly place in every way.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
About 36 hours.

Which actor would play you in a movie of your life and why?
Bruce Willis – we share a similar hairstyle.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Any professional who takes themselves too seriously – there are a few around, although fortunately none in our office.

Name: Steven Grant
Firm: Pannone
Title: Managing partner
Lives: Nether Alderley, Cheshire
Education: Rossall School, Lancashire; Christ Church, Oxford
Work history: 1982-84: Trainee solicitor, Slater Heelis, Manchester
1984-87: Assistant solicitor, Pannone, Manchester
1987-89: Salaried partner, Pannone
1989: Equity partner, Pannone
2002-07: Head of corporate, Pannone
2008: Managing partner, Pannone