The work-life quiz

Anthony Hughes, managing partner Ricksons

What was your first ever job?
Sales assistant at JD Sports. It’s a pity they don’t remember me – they’d be a good client.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Sitting through a meeting for what seemed like hours with the devil’s own hangover.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
I try to be away by 6pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Spend time with my family and/or go to football.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Stock Manchester.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Maybe a property developer. My father wanted me to be an accountant, but he was a developer – not sure what that tells you.

Who was your mentor or role model?
There’s more than one: my father was a big influence, but also people like Roger Pannone made a real impression when I got to work.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting the best out of people.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Knowing the buck stops here.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Taking things for granted – it always gives you a wake-up call.

What car(s) do you drive?

What book are you currently reading?
The Buddha of Suburbia.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Damien Rice.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
My daughter’s three, so I’m very familiar with Mick Inkpen.