The work-life quiz ian pittaway

What do you do at weekends?
A highlight is watching West Ham with my son, especially the FA Cup Final.

Firm:Sacker & Partners

Senior partner
Lives: St Albans
Education: Hull University
Career history:

1978: Joined Trower Still & Keeling as a trainee
1980: Appointed as an assistant
1981: Joined Nicholson Graham & Jones as an assistant
1984: Appointed head of pensions
1996: Joined Sacker & Partners as a partner
2005: Appointed senior partner

What do you do at weekends?
A highlight is watching West Ham with my son, especially the FA Cup Final.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Locanda Locatelli in London – a brilliant Italian.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A sommelier at a swanky hotel.

Who’s your hero and why?
Sir Bobby Moore. Died too young and without proper recognition from his country. Poignant.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Never knowing what the day will bring.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Dealing with sensitive people issues.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Taking something at face value from a very polished partner of a large City firm. Don’t be too trusting of appearances.

What car do you drive?
Volvo XC90.

What book are you reading?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

What’s on your CD player?
Curtain Call: The Hits by Eminem – my son’s really.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
The Maersk case. We acted pro bono and secured full benefits for the members who were facing penury. It led to a major change in the law to protect members.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
My cufflinks box and Jancis Robinson’s Wine Atlas of the World – plus some accompanying samples.

What’s the worse partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
The one where 14 partners sat in a sauna virtually naked discussing our future strategy.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Not my style.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Gerard Depardieu. We both have blue eyes.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown together.