James Partridge, Thomson Snell & Passmore

What was your first-ever job?
Clerk in an insurance firm.

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Clerk in an insurance firm.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Denting my principal’s wife’s car in the car park.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?

What do you do at weekends?
Territorial Army duty, walk the dogs, sail.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
An accountant.

Who’s your hero and why?
The crew of Apollo 13, for cool courage, lateral thinking and attention to detail in a tricky situation.

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

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
People who look for reasons not to take action.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Becoming a partner at the start of a recession. Don’t do it.

What car do you drive?
Saab 93 convertible.

What’s on your iPod?
If I had one, it would be something by Mozart.

What book are you reading?
Biography of William Wilberforce by William Hague.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Winnie the Poohby AA Milne.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
A solar power pack and a mobile phone.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
Naples – too much rubbish.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
48 hours.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Dustin Hoffman – the only one I can think of who is small enough.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Anyone who thinks data protection law is interesting.


Name: James Partridge
Title: Senior partner
Firm: Thomson Snell & Passmore
Lives: East Sussex
Education: Lancing College; Trinity College, Cambridge

Work history
1981-83: Articled clerk, Lawrence Graham
1983-86: Solicitor, Lawrence ­Graham
1986-89: Solicitor, Thomson Snell & Passmore
1989-present: Senior partner, Thomson Snell & Passmore