Paul Beattie: Norton Rose Group

How much time do you spend on Facebook each week? I’m told I’m a poor Facebooker; less than 10 minutes a week.

Name:  Paul Beattie

Firm: Norton Rose Group

Position: Head of business development, Europe

Lives: Farnham, Surrey

What time do you start work each day?

Between 8 and 9.30, depending on my nursery drop-off responsibilities.

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?

I was never very good at doing the badges for seminars, particularly in the morning.

How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?

I’m told I’m a poor Facebooker; less than 10 minutes a week.

What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?

False eyelashes. I’ve never quite understood why.

If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?

Allow left turns at traffic lights like you can in the US; it would help to keep London moving.

How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future)?

I always have the next holiday destination in mind, and a copy of Conde Nast for inspiration.

What are the best perks of your role?

Travelling to European cities, being given swift guided tours by my colleagues and introduced to local dishes.  I was recently introduced to Kvas in Moscow: I’m still not sure. 

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?

Jeans and, some would say, the odd odd shirt.

Have you ever been asked to do anything at work that you suspect might have been illegal?

I remember some dance moves at an EPC awayday at my old firm which should have been.

What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?

One partner, without fail, would cross out the word “attendees” on seminar documentation because, he said, it’s not a real word.

How do you unwind after the end of a hard week?

Pizza and prosecco with my wife and daughter.

Do you see your colleagues on weekends?


Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details).  Indirectly.  I met my wife at a colleague’s wedding; she was the bridesmaid.

If you were a lawyer what would your practice area be and why?

I find insurance litigation interesting; it’s a practice that regularly deals with some very extreme situations which are visible in our every day life.

What do you eat for lunch?

Sushi is a favourite.

What items do you always carry around with you at work?

My Montblack fountain pen (leaving present from my old firm: thank you), note book and sometimes my BlackBerry.

Of whom do you have photos on your desk?

My wife and daughter; a copy of Sean Twomey’s notes about BD budgets: “I’m not Dad” for when I need a laugh! And a photograph by a photographer friend of Tower Bridge at night.

What’s your favourite local?

Brindisa Tapas at Borough Market and the Kings Arms on Tooley Street.

Soy Latte or Nescafe?

Double espresso please.

City break or weekend in the country?

Rome, Rome, Rome.

Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.

I’m on message: Quality. Unity. Integrity.