Out of office
PUBLISHED: 05:28 08 December 2014
copyright: Archant 2014
Ian Comer, 57
Director of comercrawley Personal Injury Lawyers, Chancery House, Victoria Road, Diss, IP22 4HZ; www.comercrawley.co.uk
What’s been your career path?
Educated at Diss Grammar School, looking back a great school probably not fully appreciated at the time. Trained as a solicitor with Cozens Hardy and Jewson of Norwich, an article clerk as it was called in those days. At the interview I was asked if I wanted to be paid - tradition was you paid your principal to train you and Cozens Hardy were very traditional at that time. I joined Fosters in Norwich post-qualification and spent 16 great years there where the firm grew from about eight to 100 staff. I left at the end of the last century to set up comercrawley, where we specialise in personal injury work.
In the office, your biggest challenge?
My daughter, who works as my assistant but thinks she is my boss!
Out of office, your three favourite past times?
Dining and drinking with my family and enjoying their wit and banter. Horse Racing, watching not riding. Game shooting.
Are you a member of any clubs, professional or leisure?
Old Farts Society in Norwich – a collection of ageing lawyers and judges who put the world to rights over a beer and a curry. Law Society and various local and national associated professional bodies. A national shooting association. Annual member of Newmarket Racecourse for longer than I care to remember. Vice President of Diss Football Club. Diss and Garboldisham Badminton Club – an informal collection of old friends.
First record - and what you are listening to today?
T-Rex – Electric Warrior (as far back as I can remember). Now, The Jam to Queen, via Sinatra, Michael Jackson and my favourite local artiste Gary Winter.
First Car - and what do you drive now?
Ford Fiesta to Mercedes.
What is your exercise of choice?
Five-a-side football – more old gits! Badminton, indoor rowing/gym, and walking the dog.
Where is your dream holiday?
Anywhere hot with a cold beer and my family.
Favourite place in Norfolk?
Wells, where I spent my childhood holidays with my two brothers and grandparents.