Ken Baird: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Nothing – it got wet.

Ken Baird: Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerWhat was your first-ever job?
Sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Being chewed out by a Glasgow Sheriff for not wearing a court gown.

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

The PAs’ coffee corner.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Just before I arrive.

What do you do at weekends?
Sleep, shoot, drive, work.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Smiths of Smithfield, London.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
Professional darts player.

Who’s your hero and why?
Lewis Hamilton – isn’t it obvious?

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

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Not seeing my kids.

What’s your biggest work/ career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Nearly suing a client without checking that they were a client. Don’t sue your clients.

What car do you drive?
Lotus Esprit.

What book are you reading?
Lieutenant Hornblower by CS Forester.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Nothing – it got wet.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
Icelandic banks – we acted on two banks going into administration on consecutive days. Extraordinary times.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
A gun and a car.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
Novotel London. Do you really need to ask?

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Eighty-three hours.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Gerard Depardieu. Something to do with the nose.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Ken Baird
Firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Title: Head of restructuring and insolvency
Lives: Central London

1979-81: Eastwood High, East Renfrewshire
1981-86: Law, Glasgow University
Work history:
1986-88: Trainee, Breeze Paterson & Chapman
1988-96: Associate, Freshfields
1996-present: Partner, Freshfields