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Peppiatt, Hugh (11 of 12) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Peppiatt, Hugh, 1930-, (speaker, male)
Slinn, Judy, (speaker, female)
Part 11 (tape 6 side A): Reaction to election as senior partner - reflections on aspects of his own character - unimaginative and not looking very far ahead. If not elected, where would he have gone? Does not know -away from practice and the City 4 years and before that a generalist. Quite possible HP might have left Freshfields - not in a huff but to do something different. Effect of being his father's son on his election, some element of that. Discussion of the role of the senior partner led onto the 'governance' of Freshfields - the respective roles of the senior partner and the managing partner. Prime responsibility as I saw it to the partners - episcopal function. Difficulties of the position.Travelling for the firm - visiting the foreign offices. City functions - attended as 'Mr Freshfield'. But - failed to walk the corridors enough. Big job - made encroachments on home life, but did not look on it like that. Look back with satisfaction and fulfilment - wife enjoyed it, she was a good senior partner's wife. Growth of the firm - very successful years although he makes no claim for credit for that. Singapore office- went in to practise Singapore law. Considerable changes while HP was senior partner.
Interview with Hugh Peppiatt, a senior partner with Freshfields law firm and Chairman, Moorfields Eye Hospital (1991-2000).