Q&A with Jason Raeburn
Jason Raeburn is a senior associate at Baker McKenzie and was shortlisted for Solicitor Advocate of the Year.
You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?
I try to avoid talking about what I do at parties, but if they insisted, I'd mention I was a lawyer and see if that stopped the conversation dead or not ... which it can do at times!
On the off chance they were still interested, I'd mention that my practice covers complex intellectual property and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on technology-related matters. And no, it's not quite like Suits!
What was your first job?
My first job was working at a lifeguard at a local sports centre, which was an interesting experience. It was quite possibly the smallest pool in the country, which fortunately meant that any incidents were few and far between and any lifesaving was limited to making sure toddlers' life bands remained inflated!
So far, being shortlisted for Solicitor Advocate of the Year has been my career highlight. It's an absolute honour, particularly given the cadre of others in that list. It's amazing to have some tangible recognition for my court appearances and this shortlisting really validates those efforts.
Sunrise or sunset?
You can't beat a good sunset.
How do you relax?
I'm an avid fan of anything fitness-related, science fiction movies, red wine, coffee and gin (not necessarily in that order). I recently had a go at CrossFit, which was great fun - I enjoy trying different challenges.
I think it's really difficult to beat London. That's mostly because London as a city encompasses such a wide variety of areas that are so diverse and provide such unique experiences, which I love. The fact that there is always something new to explore really appeals to me (and the fact that there is such rich history and architecture to admire all over the City.
What book is on your bedside table?
At the moment, I have Tipping Point on my bedside, which was a recent gift. I haven't delved into it yet - to be honest, I'm usually drawn to the old classics. My most recent reads include The Count of Monte Cristo, Dracula and Frankenstein.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
Hmm. Tricky one. In my teens, my aspirations varied pretty widely from becoming a professional ice hockey player / 100m sprinter / computer engineer / an economist or a marketing executive, so I guess it could have gone any which way. In reality, I enjoyed law from very early on, so imagine I would have ended up doing something similar!
Favourite TV box set?
Game of Thrones all the way. Very much looking forward to the final season.
Seaside or mountains?
Ideally both! I was recently on the islands of Hawai'i and Kauai and I think that was a big part of the appeal for me - beautiful mountain peaks and seascapes combined.