Movers and Shakers Profile - Patrick Gloyens is featured in the New Law Journal
Michelmores Real Estate Partner, Patrick Gloyens, who joined the London office in 2015, has been featured on the New Law Journal's website.
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What was your route into the profession?
I read law at Bristol University, studied at the College of Law in Guildford (where I now live) and was articled in 17th Century splendour in Lincoln’s Inn. The law firm acted for many old landed estates; my first job was to sell a farm, and the root of title - indeed the only title document - was a grant of Queen Elizabeth 1st on parchment with a wax seal the size of a soup plate.
What has been your biggest career challenge so far?
Becoming a general counsel, as there is nowhere to hide. Because you are a lawyer you must, by definition, know all laws ever written about everything… As general counsel you also have to make those commercial decisions you spent your entire legal career avoiding. That does, however, get easier. On the plus side, there are no time sheets and the variety of work is extraordinary.
Which person within the legal profession inspires you most?
My partner at Michelmores, Paul Paling - head of the London office and the commercial property team. He is always cheerful, forever optimistic and ready for anything. Plus, he's an old rocker.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you choose as an alternate career?
Head gardener at Blandings Castle. The moss-carpeted yew alley clearly needs to be taken in hand, and I feel that is a challenge that would test my horticultural skills. McAllister is not the man for the job. In the words of Evelyn Waugh: "The gardens at Blandings are that original garden from which we are all exiled."
Who is your favourite fictional lawyer?
Horace Rumpole. Anyone who knows that much Tennyson by rote and can quote it to suit the occasion is a man after my own heart.
What change would you make to the profession?
I would introduce a compulsory 35 hour week. We all work too hard and too long. When I was articled, 35 hours was going it some. My friend Jeremy Grose used to be physically put outside at 6pm when the senior partner locked up. The manager of a French company I know was arrested for working more than 35 hours and spent the night in police cells after the police were tipped off by disgruntled staff. Admittedly, that is probably going a little far.
How do you relax?
I grow vegetables and roses. When you work behind a desk all day it's good to get your hands dirty and produce something, despite hurtful family comments about slugs. Sometimes I drive my very old Rover, which mainly produces oily black smoke, and persecute the cyclists that infest the Surrey Hills by driving slowly in front of them.