The work-life quiz: Nick Shaw

Name: Nick Shaw
Title: Partner and head of shipping
Firm: ReedSmith Richards Butler
Lives: Putney, West London
Education: Guilford Law School; University of Southampton
Work history: 1990-92: Trainee, Richards Butler
1992-94: Assistant, Hong Kong
1994-99: Assistant, London
1999: Partner, Richards Butler
2003: Head of graduate recruitment and training
2004: Head of shipping

What was your first-ever job? Washing up dishes at Clapham Junction Post Office.

What was your worst experience as a trainee? Not practising a karaoke number before going out with Korean clients in Hong Kong.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Certain ex-trainees of mine.

What time do you usually leave the office? Between 7pm and 8pm.

What do you do at weekends? Anything active.

What’s your favourite restaurant? Mandarin Kitchen, Queensway, London.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? A teacher.

What’s the best thing about your job? Meeting interesting people.

What’s the toughest thing about your job? Finding time for family.

What’s your biggest work career mistake and what did you learn from it? Screwing up an indemnity wording. Always double-check.

What book are you currently reading? The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

What’s your favourite children’s book? Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince.

What car do you drive? Ford Focus Estate.

What’s currently on your iPod/CD player? T Rex, Greatest Hits 1972-77 The A Sides.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why? Taking repossession of a large fast ferry when the persons on board didn’t want to give it up – and the ensuing litigation.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep? 24 hours.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take? A yacht-making kit and a diary.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why? Anyone who’s recently eaten a chicken phal.