Edward Sparrow is a partner at Ashurst.
You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?
I am a City lawyer. I help companies and banks resolve disputes.
What was your first job?
Acting for Imperial Tobacco in its successful defence of smoking related claims.
If you hadn't become a solicitor, what would you have done?
I was attracted to the Diplomatic Service, but they were not to me.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise. Look forward, not back.
What's in your desk drawers?
A slide ruler, a spud gun and a cricket ball.
19 May - watching the Cup final or the Royal Wedding?
Following my wife's lead: watching the wedding through the window during gaps in the gardening.
Share some great advice you've been given.
Do as you would be done by. In a professional context: return calls, give short, comprehensive advice and use your common sense.
Can you recommend a local lunch or coffee spot?
Too many to say.
How do you relax?
Playing with grandchildren, gardening, watching sport, walking, reading … anything out of the office.
What's your pet hate?
I try and avoid hating things. That way lies grumpiness.
Sum up working as a solicitor in one word.
London for my head; Paris for my heart.
What book is on your bedside table?
A most wanted man by John le Carré.
How would you spend your last £5?
Can't decide: buying a lottery ticket or a second-hand book.
Favourite TV box set?
One I haven't yet watched.
Seaside or mountains?
Mountains. The grandchildren haven't discovered the seaside yet!
There are too few for any to be hidden.