The work-life quiz peter stevens

What was your first-ever job?
Newspaper delivery boy.


Peter Stevens
Firm: Thomas Eggar
Position: Head of the commercial division and head of the employment unit
Lives: Chawton, Hampshire
Education: QEGS Wakefield, Mexborough Grammar School, City of London Polytechnic and Leicester University
Work history:
1990: Joined Thomas Eggar as trainee
1992: Qualified
1996: Promoted to head of employment
1999: Promoted to partnership
2002: Promoted to head of commercial division

What was your first-ever job?
Newspaper delivery boy.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Trying to understand property law – I failed completely.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
7.30pm or so.

What do you do at weekends?
Gardening, walking and working.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Possibly the Six Bells in Lyminster.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A Land Rover dealer.

What’s the best thing about your job?
My colleagues.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
My colleagues – different ones usually.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Doing a seat in property as a trainee – I learnt that I was never going to be a property lawyer and have managed to avoid property ever since.

What car(s) do you drive?
Rover 75 Estate.

What book are you currently reading?
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Joan Baez.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Teach Yourself Property Law.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
A tribunal hearing defending a Disability Discrimination Act claim brought by a deaf claimant. The case was quite groundbreaking and the claimant complained that she couldn’t lip-read people who had beards, which made cross-examination challenging.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
A corkscrew and a case of wine.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended?
Somewhere near Basingstoke – I can’t remember its name.

If a movie was being made about your life, which an actor would play you and why?
Brian Blessed – a good Yorkshireman.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
A Premiership footballer.