The work-life quiz

Steven Booth, managing partner, IBB Solicitors

What was your first ever job?
Greengrocer’s assistant with John Briggs & Sons.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Getting lost in the Bear Garden, being late for the master and explaining to my principal why I didn’t come back with what he told me to get.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Reception, post room and trainees, in that order.

What time do you usually leave the office?

What do you do at weekends?
Spend as much time outdoors as I can.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Villa d’Arceno, Siena, Italy.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
One of the country’s finest classical actors.

Who was your mentor or role model?
My old principal, who gave me a set of values about our profession that I still try to live by.

What’s the best thing about your job?

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Following my heart and not my head when making business decisions, but realising that sometimes it’s not a bad thing to do.

What car(s) do you drive?
One that’s too flashy for a man my age.

What book are you currently reading?
Matthew Parris’s Chance Witness.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Eddie Izzard.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Blue Lagoon by Henry de Vere Stacpoole – before Brooke Shields made the film.