Work-life quiz

Peter Crossley, head of commercial dispute resolution, Hammonds

What was your first ever job?
A disc jockey at a discount store near Durban, South Africa.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
In South Africa, being involved in two separate motor accidents while driving partners’ cars – neither were my fault, honest.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
To a meeting of trainees armed with a bugging device.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Varies enormously, normally at about 7:30pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Engage with my children, which at the moment means watching lots of schoolboy or junior cricket.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Brass Bell Restaurant, Kalk Bay, Cape Town. No guarantees given, it may have gone down hill since I was last there.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A doctor, but I lack the scientific ability and skill.

Who was your mentor or role model?
A former partner at Richards Butler, which is where I did my articles.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The people and the enormous variety of it.

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

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Too often trying to do too many things at once. I learnt never to forget that the devil is always in the detail.

What car(s) do you drive?
Mercedes E Class.

What book are you currently reading?
Eat the Rich by PJ O’Rourke.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
The Rolling Stones’ Hot Rocks 1964-1971.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
CS Lewis’s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – all his Narnia novels are far superior to Harry Potter.