Belfast Telegraph

'The sun always shone during my childhood'

Q What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? 

A That life isn't a dress rehearsal - make every day count.

Q What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in the legal profession? 

A That as a solicitor your key asset is your integrity and it's the one thing that should never be for sale.

Q What was your best business decision?

A I guess I'd have to say joining Baker McKenzie - I've been lucky enough to have had some fantastic experiences, met some really interesting people and made great friends around the world.

Q If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career? 

A I would have loved to have been a property developer of high end homes. Maybe my next move…

Q What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A My last holiday was in Costa Rica where I experienced the delights of a zip wire for the first - and hopefully last - time.

The next holiday that's in the diary is a week on the Greek islands next summer.

Q What are your hobbies/interests?

A I don't have much time for hobbies, but when I do have time a few days sailing is really hard to beat.

Otherwise it would be reading political biographies or accounts of the Second World War.

Q What is your favourite sport and team?

A I don't really follow team sports, but I'm cheering on Northern Ireland in its fight to get to the World Cup finals next summer.

Q And have you ever played any sports?

A Squash, although admittedly badly.

Q If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A Stalingrad written by Antony Beevor.

Q How would you describe your early life?

A I had a wonderful childhood surrounded by a loving family. And the sun always seemed to be shining.

Q Have you any economic predictions?

A The next few years are going to be interesting as the UK navigates Brexit, but I am a great believer in the resilience of the UK economy and in free market economics.

Q How would you assess your time in business with your company Baker McKenzie?

A Well I've been at the firm for 23 years and my role has changed beyond all recognition. It's been a real adventure with a lot of fun and excitement along the way.

Hopefully I've made a difference to the firm and have helped a few colleagues in their careers as well.

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