Stephen J Doggett: Baker & McKenzie

What time do you start work each day? 8.45am.

Name: Stephen J Doggett
Firm: Baker & McKenzie
Position: Communications manager
Lives: Stanmore

What’s the dullest task you’ve ever been given?

Anything to with Powerpoint.

How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?


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

All been pretty good to be honest. Music, books, the usual…

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

Allow motorbikes to use any bus lane. There’s no downside.

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

Family, savings, charity.

What are the best perks of your role?

Being able to get out of the office, seeing results for your work, great colleagues.

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?

Same as rest of week – no tie.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked to do at work?

Strangest? Karaoke’s the toughest.

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


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

Family, church, reading, motorbike.

Do you see your colleagues on weekends?

Sadly not.

Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details).

We’re not returning calls for comment on that.

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

My background’s in science, so IP might make sense, but I reckon barristers have the best job. It’s still okay for them to shut the door and take some time to think, which appeals.

Which is the best practice group for gossip and why?

I used to be a journalist and I found that they’re all good if you try hard enough.

Given the chance, which overseas office would you work in?

Qatar, which just opened, sounds great.

What do you eat for lunch?

Whatever, as long as its quick and straightforward.

Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?

Yes, but I feel about the same age.

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

Pen and BlackBerry.

Of whom do you have photos on your desk?

Lorraine, Nathan and Seth, my wife and boys.

Which pub do the non-lawyers at your firm drink in?

The Cockpit.

Soy Latte or Nescafe?


City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the country.

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

Fluent, global, friendly.