Simon Allen, Russell Jones & Walker

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
Slough, because it was Slough.

Simon Allen, Russell Jones & WalkerWhat was your first-ever job?
A dehydrator of peas at Batchelors in Sheffield. As the peas lost their will to live, so did I.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Being sent to buy a cabbage from the local Tesco by my senior partner.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
About two hours after I should have done.

What do you do at weekends?
Reacquaint myself with the family, play sport, drink wine, study Italiano and chill.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
Nobu in Milan, but less dramatically Nonna’s in Sheffield.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
An astronaut, a dazzling left-winger for Man United, or more realistically (and rather depressingly) an accountant.

Who’s your hero and why?
I don’t have any heroes, but I think David Bowie is cool.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The people I work with in my office and a sense of helping improve the lives of our clients.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The distraction of having to deal with some defendants and members of the ­judiciary who seem clueless as to how to run a PI case.

What’s been your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Choosing the law and that dentistry’s more lucrative.

What car do you drive?
A BMW 535d.

What book are you currently reading?
A Simple Act of Violence by RJ Ellory.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
What’s an iPod?

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
Peter Pan by JM Barrie – I enjoy his grasp of reality.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
White v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police (1998) – the Hillsborough PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] claims – because it was a life-­changing event for so many unfortunate people.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you want to have with you?
A large bottle of ­tranquilisers and a copy of Mozart’s Requiem.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
Slough because it was Slough.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
If I can I like to try to stay awake all the time I’m at work.

If a movie was being made of your life, which actor would you like to play you and why?
Jack Nicholson, because it would be a challenge for him.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
The list is too great to ­complete here.

Simon Allen
Firm: Russell Jones & Walker
Title: Joint head of personal injury
Lives: Ecclesall, Sheffield

1973-77: De La Salle College, Sheffield
1977-80: BA (Hons), Leicester Polytechnic
1981-82: Chester College of Law

Work history
1984-88: Partner, Brian Thompson & Partners
1989-90: Solicitor, Russell Jones & Walker
1990-present: Partner