Michael Stancombe: Lovells

What was your first-ever job?
Mr Whippy ice-cream salesman.

Michael Stancombe:  LovellsWhat was your first-ever job?
Mr Whippy ice-cream salesman.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Attempting to deposit a bank draft worth millions through the side window
of a branch of Barclays. It was after hours and ­conducted in front of a bemused crowd at the adjacent bus stop.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
Too late.

What do you do at weekends?
Ideally, mooch around our place in Dorset.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
For lunch, Harolds Bar, St James, Barbados. Fordinner, Da Siro, Porto Santo Stefano, Monte Argentario.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A property developer. A contemplation before the 1990 crash. Say no more.

Who’s your hero and why?
Bill Shankly – the era when Liverpool FC ruled supreme.

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

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Juggling the diary.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Getting the calculation of a break date wrong as an associate. The lesson, as my principal Alan Parsons said, was “detail, my boy, detail”.

What car do you drive?
Reluctantly, a Lexus RX300.

What book are you reading?
Alistair Campbell’s diaries.

What’s on your iPod?
Bruce Springsteen and bands my 18-year-old daughter introduced me to (strictly no Ting Tings).

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
Balanced between ­Barclays’ Canary Wharf relocation and Prudential’s Central Manchester ­redevelopment.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?
A flyrod and a well-stocked cellar.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
The same as any Lovells partner of a certain age – Bournemouth.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Two or three days.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Jack Nicholson (though with a little less hair).

Who would you least like to be stuck in a life with and why?
Robert Mugabe – need you ask why?

Michael Stancombe
Firm: Lovells
Title: Real estate partner
Lives: London and Dorset
Education: St Mary’s College Crosby, London University
Work history:
1977-79: Trainee, Durrant Piesse
1979-82: Assistant solicitor, ­Durrant Piesse
1982-present: Real estate partner (initially in Durrant Piesse, which merged with Lovells)