Acting Premier League chairman says solicitors need to be multi-skilled

What’s the biggest development in the legal world you’ve seen in your career?

Solicitors today, if they are to be truly successful, have to be a combination of lawyer, accountant, salesman and strategist.

Which law would you like to see changed?

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The ill-advised law which enables bankrupts to be discharged after only a year.

After letting down their creditors once, many set up again and within a short period fall by the wayside again.

What’s the most exciting work you’ve ever done?

My work for the Premier League, for whom I have been Senior External Legal Adviser to the Board since 1996 and Chairman of the Legal Advisory Group since 2008.

We have had some very exciting times and none more so than in my current role as Acting Chairman of the League.

Who in the legal world do you most admire?

My Senior Partner from the firm I joined straight from university and law college and with whom I was in partnership for 5 years before setting up McCormicks – the late, great Jack Levi. He had the finest brain and was the greatest orator I have known.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the legal profession?

Work hard and prepare thoroughly. Behave honourably – keep your word.