What was your worst experience as a trainee?
The feared litigation department at Herbert Smith was a long lesson in stress management. Specifically, finding that I had sent an urgent courier to Southampton instead of Northampton.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
I just need to pull my head out of my computer and listen every now and again. Gossip doesn’t seem to be half as good as it used to be.
What time do you usually leave the office?
As soon as I sensibly can – it varies wildly. I work through lunch to give me that bit more precious time at home with the family.
What do you do at weekends?
Various sports activities, almost exclusively vicariously through my sons – rugby is dominant. The garden also seems to take up an inordinate amount of time.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Didier & Stephanie’s in Swansea.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
An entrepreneur. I’m always buzzing with products and services that people would jump at in their millions – my wife calls them harebrained schemes.
Who was your mentor or role model?
A number of people from Herbert Smith, but primarily Margaret Mountford.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting involved with businesses and shaping deals. Also, being involved with a variety of businesses.
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The pressure of delivery – quality, on time, on budget, no excuses.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
There have been a number of drafting near misses sending the adrenaline rushing as I wake up in a cold sweat at three in the morning.
What car(s) do you drive?
Volvo at the moment – comfortable, reliable and with a multi CD changer.
What book are you currently reading?
Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
What’s on your CD player at the moment?
In a rare departure from Pink Floyd, it’s currently Ocean Colour Scene’s new album.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
CS Lewis’s Narnia books or Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World – oh, and the Mr Men.