The work-life quiz

David Hutton, head of built environment, Bevan Brittan

What was your first-ever job?

Bob-a-job as a boy scout and then a carpenter’s mate.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Having to learn all about girls’ dolls in an international IP dispute between doll manufacturers.

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

Pub (The Puzzle or Three Sugar Loaves) or the football pitch at Coombe Dingle with the 20-somethings.

What time do you usually leave the office?


What do you do at weekends?

Watch children’s sport from the touchline, explore castles, climb hills and drink.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

The Lagg Inn, Isle of Arran.

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

Tour de France commentator.

Who was your mentor or role model?

Tim Steadman for commercial acumen and Marshall Levine for business development.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The enthusiasm of colleagues, clients and competitors.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Encouraging everyone to manage me and having to say no.

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

Believing for nine years I had to be in London.

What car(s) do you drive?

An old Peugeot 406.

What book are you currently reading?

The Napoleon series by Max Gallo.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

Snow Patrol and Feeder.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.