The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job?
A trainee in a factory for Mr Kipling Cakes.

What was your first-ever job?

A trainee in a factory for Mr Kipling Cakes.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Being asked to bring a filthy desk up from the basement, J Cloth in hand. Rather than thank me, my supervising partner asked where his J Cloth was, before demanding I retrieve it from the rubbish.

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

The business development and marketing department.

What time do you usually leave the office?

It varies depending on deal pressures.

What do you do at weekends?

Watch as much international sport as possible. Fortunately this can normally be combined with my parental duties to my daughters.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

[City-based wine bar chain] Corney & Barrow does a mean steak sandwich.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?

An international footballer or bass guitarist in a rock band.

Who was your mentor or role model?

Eric Cantona. Nothing to do with his disregard for authority and refusal to conform, of course.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people. Lawyers are surprisingly interesting.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Not having any real downtime since the invention of the BlackBerry. But it does come in handy during five-day test matches.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

There was the unfortunate incident of the loan agreement with no repayment provision. I learnt that this is a good way of building a borrower-side banking practice.

What car(s) do you drive?

A silver BMW X5.

What book are you currently reading?

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday’s Mao: The Unknown Story and Farouk Engineer’s autobiography.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

Black Eyed Peas or Jamelia, as my daughters control the CD player. Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen’s live album Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 if I can sneak them on.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake.