Work Life Quiz: Victor Tettmar, Bond Pearce

What was your first-ever job?Sales assistant at Tuppens for Toys – a fantastic toy shop just off Shirley High Street in Southampton.

What was your first-ever job?
Sales assistant at Tuppens for Toys – a fantastic toy shop just off Shirley High Street in Southampton.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Having my face photocopied – but it only damaged my pride.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
A well-connected associate, who shall remain nameless. They know who they are.

What time do you usually leave the office?
6.30pm, but I’m generally in the office just after 7am.

What do you do at weekends?
Spend time with my family, doing the normal stuff that people do. I do like being outside, so sailing, walking and running all feature heavily.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
San Carlos in Bristol. It’s got two great ingredients – good Italian food and a lively atmosphere.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A tennis player, an architect or a vicar, not necessarily in that order.

Who’s your hero and why?
Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer. His leadership of the crew of the Endurance is inspirational. Professionally speaking it would be Hamish Anderson, a former lead insolvency partner at Bond Pearce, who’s now working at Norton Rose.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Working as part of a great team.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The steady stream of judgement calls.

What car do you drive?
Renault Espace – I get my speed kicks from our International 420 sailing dinghy.

What book are you currently reading?
JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Johnny Clegg’s Anthology – contemporary African music introduced to us in a guest house under the shadow of Kilimanjaro.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Tom and Pippo books by Helen Oxenbury.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
The Berkeley Applegate litigation, my first winding-up case – great client, new law, news and remuneration.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
My wooden ‘belly’ board for surfing and boxes of Roskilly’s Fudge.

What’s the worst partner conference you’ve attended and why?
The first one I chaired as managing partner, but no one else seemed to notice.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Thirty six hours for a receivership deal. I went without sleep for the same amount of time when our firstborn arrived, though.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Viggo Mortensen – I aspire to the characteristics he displays in The Lord of The Rings.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Jerry Springer.


Name: Victor Tettmar
Firm: Bond Pearce
Title: Managing partner
Lives: Bristol
Education: 1979-82: LLB, Manchester University 1982-83: The College of Law, Chester
Work history: 1983-85: Articles, Bond Pearce
1985-91: Solicitor
1991-2006: Partner
1996-2000: Head of insolvency
2000-05: Board member
2006-present: Managing partner