Simon John, senior partner and co-founder, Kester Cunningham John

What was your first-ever job?

Builder’s labourer.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Being used as an enquiry agent in a family matter.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
More than my life’s worth to answer this.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Between 6.30 and 7pm.

What do you do at weekends?
My weekends are spent playing sport – badly.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Busaba, a Thai restaurant in Wardour Street, London.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
An aid worker.

Who was your mentor or role model?
Sir David Napley.

What’s the best thing about your job?

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Representing people dying from avoidable medical errors.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
While working in an office in Toronto, I asked to borrow a rubber, rather than an eraser. I learnt to be more precise.

What car(s) do you drive?

What book are you currently reading?
Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus: A Practical Guide To Improving Communication And Getting What You Want From Relationships by John Gray.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Simon and Garfunkel.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis.