Meet the flockers: Brett Lambe

In the next instalment of our ‘meet the flockers’ series we sit down with new Head of Enterprise Brett Lambe to chat first jobs, guilty pleasures, positive influences and more.

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

Great question! Growing up, my parents and grandparents were all very hardworking, so being part of a family with a strong work ethic has played a big part in shaping my approach to work.

I’ve also been fortunate to have worked alongside some great lawyers over my career, allowing me to cherry pick some good habits along the way. As well as obvious things like learning technical aspects of the law, I’ve been able to observe some of the broader skills a good lawyer needs, whether that’s acting as a sounding board for clients on non-legal issues, being proactive rather than reactive and recognising that clients often want “good” rather than “perfect”. Any bad habits I’ve managed to develop all by myself!

I also think perspective is crucial – while this job can bring its share of challenges, getting stressed or angry will never provide a solution, and will not endear you to your colleagues, friends or family.

Related to that point, taking time away from the desk and trying to switch off is hugely valuable. I’ve lost count of the number of times that the solution to a tricky problem has occurred to me while walking in the fresh air at the end of the day.

What was your first job?

When I was 12 I started a weekend paper round, which was a welcome way to earn some extra pocket money. What I hadn’t bargained for were the 6am starts, the backbreaking weight of lugging a bag of 60 newspapers (think of all those weekend supplements!) and some entertaining encounters with excitable canines who loved nothing more than shredding the sports pages as soon as the paper landed on the doormat.

The going rate was £5 for the weekend, which worked out at less than £1 an hour. It soon became clear that a career change might be in order…

What’s your guilty pleasure?

It would have to be cheese on toast. It is pure culinary alchemy: toast is ok, cheese is pretty good, but put them together under the grill and magic happens. Not the healthiest option admittedly, but if you’re counting calories for your guilty pleasure then you’re doing it wrong!

However I may have overdone it a bit at university, as it was a regular lunchtime meal for me in those days, so much so that my friends started referring to it as “The Lambe Salad”. I’m strangely proud of that…

What’s one item that you want to own that you don’t yet?

As a coffee lover, I’ve long had my eye on a particularly fancy hand-lever espresso machine. However it is indecently expensive, so I’ll need to deliver a few more newspapers before it makes its way onto my kitchen counter!

If you have questions for Brett or anybody else in the team, please get in touch at hello@stephenson.law.