Snap Shot: Hugh Crisp
VITALS: M.A., Law: Oxford University, 1979.
CURRENT POST: English solicitor and French advocat. Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, based in London. Current focus: Knowledge management, training, recruitment. Past focus: Mergers and acquisitions: 1989-90 and Paris 1991-97.
CAREER BREAK: Director, Financial Times, 1988. A great chance to work, as a client, not even as in-house counsel. This was the year that the Financial Times acquired leading financial newspapers in France, Spain and Canada.
FIRM TECHNOLOGY: International offices (30) linked by wide area network (WAN). We use Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT 4.0; Microsoft Exchange 5.5; Office 2000, Microsoft Site Server 3; and Microsoft IIS 4.0.
Most attorneys have Hewlett Packard laptop computers.
LAPTOP: Hewlett Packard Omnibook 900.
PRINTER: Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4.
HOME OFFICE: HP Omnibook 900, HP LaserJet 6L printer.
PDA: Palm V.
SECURITY BLANKET: Palm V.
APPOINTMENT I NEVER MISS: My German lesson. (We merged with leading German firm, Bruckhaus, on Aug. 1, to form Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.)
CELL PHONE: Ericsson GF788.
FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINES: The Spectator. Fortune. The New Yorker.
FAVORITE U.S. TV SHOW: Frazier.
CARS: 1995 Subaru Legacy, color: mud (blue underneath). 1995 BMW 320i Break, color: black.
LAST BOOKS READ: Blur, by Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer. Tis, by Frank McCourt. The New, New Thing, by Michael Lewis. Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks.
MOST IMPORTANT TECH TREND: Web-enabled knowledge management.
FAVORITE LAPTOP BOOKMARKS: www.ft.com (international news update) www.courchevel.com (snow reports!) www.oufc.co.uk (Oxford United football club -- only for long-suffering supporters.)
WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? Watching one or more sons play one or more sports, usually in the rain.
VACATIONS: Skiing or seaside in France.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-- George Bernard Shaw.