Work Life Quiz: Jeremy Sweetland, Guildhall Chambers

Jeremy Sweetland

What was your first-ever job?

A Sunday paper round on my BMX for £1.25 an hour.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

While working in wills and probate for a short period, misreading a death certificate and notifying all relevant parties that the father of the deceased was dead. Quickly but embarrassingly remedied. A very bad day.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on the office?

The clerks’ room – the home of all knowledge, wisdom and intrigue.

What time do you usually leave the office?

When not in evening meetings, usually by 6pm, but then there’s the BlackBerry…

What do you do at weekends?

I have the joy of three children so there’s not much left of the weekends after that. But when I am child-free and feeling indulgent, a large whisky and

a cigar are my guilty weekend pleasures.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?

An actor. Aged 13 I had my big break with the BBC in a children’s series. It transpires it was not such a break, after all.

What’s your favourite film?

The Empire Strikes Back. I’ll never get over that first childhood thrill of the cinema experience.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people I work with – fascinating, stimulating, brilliant and challenging – a positive combination.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

The people I work with – fascinating, stimulating, brilliant and challenging – a demanding combination.

What car do you drive?

A Renault Scenic.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?

A fridge and a desalination plant.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?

I recall going to work for a completion for BLP on a Monday morning and getting home on Wednesday night.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).

I considered applying to be a vicar; I was once arrested, wrongly, and later released without charge; I despise instant coffee and think it is morally wrong when offered without warning.


Name: Jeremy Sweetland

Title: CEO

Firm: Guildhall Chambers

Lives: Bath


1994-97: LLB, University of East Anglia

1998-99: LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice

Work History:

1999-2002: Trainee, Eversheds

2002-05: Corporate finance assistant, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)

2007-12: CEO, Speakers Trust