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56 questions for 56 years with Simon Musson

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To celebrate a tremendous achievement of our consultant Simon and his work anniversary hitting 56 years this year, we have taken the time to find out 56 things about him in this fun short blog.

 

Simon not only breaks a Fishers record having working here the longest, but he’s the fourth Musson to work at Fishers too, find out more about the Mussons here.

Here we have 56 questions for every year Simon has worked at Fishers Solicitors. 

What do you do at Fishers?

I’m a consultant on business property.

Why did you choose a career in law?

Because my father was a lawyer.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

George Joyce, he was an old fashioned lawyer at Fishers who did everything and was really good at agriculture and mining and minerals law.

What’s one of your greatest achievements?

56 years at work!

What time do you usually wake up?

2.30am is when I wake up, but I tend to get up at 8am.

What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

Have a cup of coffee.

What time of day do you prefer?

Afternoons as they’re not as busy as mornings.

What’s an item you’ve had at Fishers for the longest?

A copy of Gale on Easements, which is a textbook.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in Fishers over the years?

Specialisations by solicitors as opposed to general practice.

What’s something you miss about work when you first started?

Daily tea breaks when all staff got together.

How long does it take you to get to the office?

Five minutes.

What do you like about Fishers new office?

The space.

What’s your secret to having a successful career at Fishers?

Building a rapport with clients.

How do you measure success?

By completing jobs well.

What is your favourite dinner?

Dover sole.

What’s a food you wished was never created?

Rice pudding.

What’s a type of food you couldn’t live without?

Eggs.

If you had a week off, what’s the first thing you’d like to do?

Play golf.

What’s a hobby of yours?

Making steam trains.

Favourite TV programme?

Cheers.

If you could change your job what would you do?

Be an engine driver.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Play cricket for England, buy I only ended up playing for Ashby Hastings.

How do you celebrate a Birthday?

By going to a restaurant for a meal.

If you could create a new law, what would it be?

The abolishment of the law differentiating between leasehold and freehold.

How would you describe yourself?

As a person who tries to be kind.

How would others describe you?

Grumpy, (but after asking a nearby colleague, they said friendly and helpful.)

What’s an area of law you’d like to work in?

Pro bono, which involves doing free legal work for people who struggle to afford legal help.

Why did you choose to work in commercial property?

Because I was told to be the senior partner.

Is there much of a difference to residential conveyancing?

Yes, there is a commercial criteria to commercial conveyancing and there isn’t for residential.

What was your favourite subject at school?

English literature.

What’s something you’d like people to know about Fishers?

The high level of competence.

What’s something not many people know about you?

One of the main reasons I work so hard is to help support my two daughters.

And how old are your daughters?

31 and 34.

How did you fill your time during lockdown?

Working from home and model engineering.

Where would you like to go next on holiday?

Barbados.

What is something that is not around anymore, that you would like to bring back?

Suchard coffee creams.

What’s your favourite sport?

Golf.

Favourite sports team?

Leicester City.

Do you prefer winter or summer?

Summer.

Beer or wine?

Wine.

Reading or watching TV?

Watching TV.

Sleeping in, or getting up early?

Sleeping in.

Getting out and about, or relaxing?

Getting out and about.

Walking upstairs or taking a lift?

Taking a lift.

Staying outdoors, or indoors?

Staying outdoors.

What’s some advice for a young lawyer?

Don’t get burnt out.

What’s some advice for someone looking to change careers?

Never do a job you don’t want to do, choose your new job and stick to it.

What’s some advice for someone who wants to have a long career?

Work hard pays off.

How do you separate work from home?

By having hobbies at home.

What’s the most important thing to you about work?

Occupying my mind.

Do you prefer a fry up, or a continental breakfast?

A fry up.

Holiday abroad or in England?

Holiday abroad.

Trying something new, or sticking to what you know?

Trying something new.

Talking or listening?

Listening.

Singing or dancing?

Can’t do either.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee.