What was your first-ever job?
Ankle-deep in vinegar, working in a pickle factory. I smelt terrific.
What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Completing an acrimonious deal at one minute to midnight on New Year’s Eve, absolutely exhausted and hearing fireworks and revellers partying outside.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Definitely Starbucks, followed by the first-class carriage from Euston to Birmingham.
What time do you usually leave the office?
I try to leave by 7pm – but like many corporate lawyers, I only like to work when it’s dark.
What do you do at weekends?
I occasionally worry the wildlife playing golf, but usually I like to chill out and do family things.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Saturday afternoon at Yo! Sushi at Selfridges (Birmingham) or Harvey Nicks (London).
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A venture capitalist.
Who was your mentor or role model?
I haven’t found one yet, although what John Crabtree achieved while senior partner at Wragge & Co is up there in my estimation.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Helping clients get what they really want takes some beating.
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Accommodating the various interest groups in a leveraged buyout.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Failing to appreciate early enough that the pursuit of money and power will corrupt. I have since learnt to be more cautious about people and their motives.
What car(s) do you drive?
I drive a new Jaguar or Land Rover every six months. My wife is in-house counsel at Jaguar Land Rover, which makes it very simple.
What book are you currently reading?
Good to Great by Jim Collins.
What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Goldie Lookin Chain – it’s really funny as long as your senses aren’t easily offended.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
I remember a character called Bobby Brewster [created by HE Todd], who used to get into a few scrapes and was a bit of a role model for me.