Richard Brown: Lovells

What was your first job?

Cashier in a petrol station. The local youths’ initiation rite for new cashiers involved pretending to hold up the garage. They scared the living daylights out of me but also taught me how to deal with demanding customers at an early age.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Inadvertently walking off with £300m of bearer shares as a meeting broke up in acrimony. I still blush at the humiliation of having to return them.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The car park – you need real influence to get a space there.

What time do you usually leave the office?
In time for Coronation Street.

What do you do at weekends?
Real ale and real tennis.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
St John, Clerkenwell – the second best place for food around here (see below).

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

Who’s your hero and why?
Hugh Nineham – renaissance man, top-flight corporate finance lawyer and the person who gave me a chance at Lovells. He will be missed.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Extraordinarily talented chef in the client dining rooms upstairs.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Coming back from lunch upstairs.

What was your biggest work/ career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Not absconding with those bearer shares. It taught me that you don’t get second chances – no one has ever let me loose with that many bearer shares again.

What car do you drive?
Porsche Cayman.

What book are you currently reading?
The Ghost by Robert Harris.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Crime Scene Ribbon by the hugely talented Minibar – check out the video on YouTube.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Where the Owl Hunts by Aeres Twigg – sadly now out of print.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you have worked on and why?
Difficult to pick one – they are all interesting and seem to get more so as time goes by.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
My Porsche and my fishing rod – I hope I would have time to use them both.

What is the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
A dreadful place off the M25 – truly awful, don’t even want to discuss it.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
About three days – it wasn’t much fun at all.

If a movie was being made of your life, which actor would play you and why?
Richard Hammond – the little chap from Top Gear.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Anyone who tried to regale me with their ‘elevator pitch’.

Name: Richard Brown
Title: Partner, corporate finance
Firm: Lovells
Lives: C ambridge
Education: 1980-87: The Kings School, Chester
1987-90: Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Work history: 1992-2000: Linklaters (trainee and associate, London and Frankfurt)
2000-03: Goldman Sachs International, London
2003-present: Partner, corporate finance, Lovells