Name: Ian Gascoigne
Position: Head of lawyer development and training principal
Hobbies: Family, football, theatre
Area of practice: Dispute Resolution
When and why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
When I was 16. It’s a cliche, but true in my case: I was inspired by courtroom dramas on television. Still watch them.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
Winning law cases, plus dealing with a varied group of trainees and helping them to make decisions about their future.
What are the worst aspects of your job?
Watching some lawyers viewing their smart phones during training sessions.
What’s the main issue that lawyers in your field are thinking about at the moment?
Whether Brexit, if it happens, will give rise to an upsurge in litigation from companies trying to exit from long-term cross-border contracts.
If you weren’t in your current field, what other area of law would you like to work in?
Human rights law – much maligned in the press, but so valuable to people in desperate situations
What’s the biggest misconception that students have about life as a lawyer?
That being a partner in a law firm is no longer an attainable or desirable goal – it’s been brilliant for me
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I have run both the London and the Paris marathons
- I am a lapsed vegetarian
- I occasionally present a programme on local radio under the name ‘Muscular Motion’, described (unfairly) by my brother as “pure Alan Partridge”
In one sentence, what’s the one key thing that students should understand about your firm?
Eversheds combines a wealth of fantastic individuals to work alongside, with a steely ambition to keep adapting as markets require
What was the oddest thing you were asked to do as a trainee?
I met Kelvin McKenzie, then editor of The Sun, in his office in order to pick the picture on the next day’s front page – for ten minutes he had to listen to what I wanted.
What’s your best friend from law school doing now?
I can mention two. One’s in the Court of Appeal; and the second has retired after selling his building business lucratively (so he says).