Q&A with Edward Sparrow

Edward Sparrow is a partner at Ashurst.

Edward SparrowYou'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?

Christmas postman. 

Career highlight?

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.

Interesting.

Favourite city?

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!

Hidden talents?

There are too few for any to be hidden.