The work-life quiz alistair maughan

Name: Alistair Maughan
Firm: Morrison & Foerster (MoFo)
Position: Head of global sourcing
Education: Leicester University
Lives: Radlett, Hertfordshire
Work history:
1985: Joined Boodle Hatfield in London as a trainee
1987: Qualified
1989: Joined Crowell & Moring in Washington DC as an associate
1992: Joined Theodore Goddard as a solicitor
1993: Joined DLA as a solicitor
1994: Elected to partnership at DLA
1998: Joined Shaw Pittman
2004:Joined MoFo as head of the global sourcing group

What was your first-ever job?
A roadsweeper for Bradford Council.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Trying to serve a writ at the front door while the intended recipient ran out of the back door – and not being quick enough to catch him.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Down the pub with the corporate group.

What time do you usually leave the office?
In time to catch the 7.16pm train to be in with a chance of reading a bedtime story to my daughters.

What do you do at weekends?
As little as possible.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
The new curry house that’s just opened in our village.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A roadsweeper for Bradford Council.

Who are your heroes and why?
Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky, for utterly dominating their sports.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Pretty much without exception I genuinely like my clients and colleagues.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Being away from home.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
I learnt many years ago that, if you’re in two minds about recruiting someone, don’t do it: there’s a reason why you’re unsure. What car do you drive?
My pre-marriage, pre-kids Porsche sits in the garage, but I can’t say that it gets driven very often these days.

What book are you currently reading?
The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes’ Live at the Greek.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
A series of interesting, complex, politically sensitive and heavily media-scrutinised projects for the Inland Revenue, which demonstrated to me what a bad rap even the most committed civil servants get in the press.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
A tennis court and Radio 5 Live.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended?
West Virginia.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Flying back overnight from the US, arriving early on a Wednesday morning, going straight into a completion meeting and not emerging until 4pm on Thursday.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you?
Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Vernon Kay.