Meet the man who puts the Bott in Bott &Co!
David Bott is the Senior Partner at Bott &Co and established the firm along with Paul Hinchliffe and Gary Froggatt in 2001.
We catch up with David to hear his thoughts on 2014, what motivates him and what he is most looking forward to in the year ahead.
What has been your professional highlight of 2014?
By far the highlight of 2014 has to be in October, when the Supreme Court dismissed the applications to Appeal the Court of Appeal rulings on behalf of Jet2 and Thomson Airlines. Bott and Co had represented Mr Huzar and Mr Dawson against the airlines at the Court of Appeal and won in both cases.
The Supreme Court then agreed with Bott and Co and with the Court of Appeal. The notice from the Supreme Court was only half a page long but represented two years of endeavour and work to get to that point. Equally as important, it’s always nice to win.
What has been your personal highlight of 2014?
Attending my wife’s PhD ceremony. She had worked for four years on her doctorate. It was approved in April and the ceremony was in December. I was very proud to see her in her robes and hat, and to see the pride that my two girls had in her. It really was a heart-warming day.
What motivates you in your job role?
I always want to show the world how good Bott and Co is so I try and tell the world what great things we do and what superb people we have at every given opportunity. I want the world to know us as that really good and really innovative law firm. Equally I’d like the world to talk that way about our staff. I personally believe that most people want to be known as being good at what they do and so I do all that I can to make that the case for Bott and Co.
What is your business motto?
On a purely business note it’s important to remember that “It’s easy to be quick and wrong or slow and right.” The trick is to be quick and right! On a more personal note, I think it’s really important to try to switch off when you leave work. You’re working for the benefit of your family so give them the time and mental energy that they deserve.
With whom would you most like to have a coffee?
David Bowie – without a doubt!
How do you relax outside of work?
I do get a bit sports-obsessed and I’ve found myself becoming a bit of a cycling bore of late. But aside from sport then spending time with the family is always a good way to unwind.
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Taking some time out for family holidays – and I’ve also signed myself up to cycle an alpine stage of the Tour de France so that promises to be a memorable experience!
What differentiates Bott and Co from other Law firms offering the same services?
I tend to think that most law firms who do what we do are pretty beige. I hope that via our personality, our commitment and our systems, we have a bit more colour than the others.
Have you made any new year’s resolutions, if so, what are they?
I’ve decided to keep my resolutions simple in 2015 and try to stick to “Drink less! Cycle more, and live more in the moment.
What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
This is an easy one! It has to be my ongoing delight of being with my wife since 1989 and having two amazing girls.
Do you think small law firms still have a place with the advent of so many large law firms?
The short answer is yes. But I don’t think they will look like “old style” law firms. They will have to be innovative and truly superb at what they do to remain profitable.