The work-life quiz Clive Bleasdale


Clive Bleasdale
Title:Head of Property
Lives:Ormskirk, Lancashire
Education:Liverpool College; Liverpool University; College of Law, Chester
Work history:
1985-87: Trainee, Laces
1987-90: Solicitor, Laces
1990-93: Associate, Lace Mawer
1993-99: Partner, Berrymans Lace Mawer
1999-2004: Head of property, Perkins
2004-06: National head of property, Weightmans

What was your first-ever job?Data checker at OE Mcintyre in Liverpool.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?Probate.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?The marketing department.

What time do you usually leave the office?6.45pm.

What do you do at weekends?Drive three youngish children to their friends’ parties or visit our Lake District cottage.

What’s your favourite restaurant?Alma de Cuba in Liverpool.

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

Who’s your hero and why?Ian McCullough of Echo & the Bunnymen – a great Liverpool band.

What’s the best thing about your job?I’m head of property.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?Keeping all of the people motivated all of the time.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?Thinking of becoming an accountant. I learnt not to become an accountant.

What car do you drive?Jaguar XJ6.

What book are you currently reading?A Paul Weller biography.

What’s on your iPod player at the moment?CDs are more reliable. I’m currently listening to Snow Patrol.

What’s your favourite children’s book?Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?£100m regeneration project in Liverpool city centre. We’re rebuilding a great city.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?My Xda Mini to keep in touch with the world and photos of my family.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended?They’ve all been wonderful.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?48 hours.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?Woody Allen, because he’s such a funny guy.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Jonathan Ross, because he talks too much.