This week in our MHC Life Series, we hear from Andrew Tinker, a new Associate in our Corporate team. Andrew chats about relocating to Dublin and the famous people he shared pie with.
Tell us a bit about you and your career journey to Mason Hayes & Curran – what inspired you to get into this career?
It has certainly been a long journey to get to where I am now. Having qualified in my hometown in the UK, moving to London for a few years and the pandemic before making the decision to relocate to Ireland last year. Changing countries during a pandemic was not easy, but I am absolutely loving my time in Dublin.
I mainly chose to study law at university as it seemed a sensible option. I started out working in a personal injury practice and transitioned into the corporate world. Over the years I have come to really enjoy the technical elements of the work we do as solicitors and the enjoy the buzz you feel at the end of a long and challenging transaction.
What was your first job?
My first job was a shop assistant in a supermarket. The three years I worked there constantly put me on the front line when it comes to customer service, including the good, the bad and the very frequent question of “where do I find the eggs?”. From the beginning it instilled in me a team work ethic, as it is always important to remember that you need all staff working to ensure everything keeps running.
Talk us through a typical day for you
A typical day for me is getting up at around 6.30am and going for a coastal walk on the way to work. I spend the first hour going through emails, checking the news and organising my day before the day team call at 9am, which is great for touching base with everyone. I then work through the tasks before heading down to Dun Laoghaire pier at the end of the day to get some much needed fresh air.
What tv shows have you binge watched recently?
I recently watched the Puppet Master on Netflix, it is scary how convincing and powerful conmen can be. Squid Game was another big one. The Dog House is a great one if you just simply want to watch dogs for an hour. I am currently watching Dopesick which again is very thought-provoking.
Far too many of my evenings recently have included an episode or three of The West Wing.
Have you ever met anyone famous?
I met Tom Hanks and Sir Ian McKellen while they were filming the Da Vinci Code in my hometown. They casually popped into a local pie shop with Ron Howard in between takes and joined our table for a quick chat.
What's your idea of a perfect holiday/favourite place you've ever visited?
The perfect holiday for me is to be in the centre of Rome with a cheese pizza and a bottle of red wine watching the world go by. Italy is my favourite country to visit and could recommend so many places there!