- 7 Mar 2019 7:29 AM
Christopher leads its transactional and real estate team in Hungary.
He has also been on the board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary since 2002.
Prior to coming to Hungary, he worked in the London office of Hogan Lovells.
1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I first came to Hungary back in 1989 as part of a gap year just before the fall of the iron curtain and it was then that I met my wife to be and my love of Hungary began. I then trained and spent my first years as a lawyer in the Hogan Lovells London office (Lovell White Durrant as it was then known) and when the firm opened its Budapest office in 2000, there was a possibility to come to Budapest on a secondment. So I came to Budapest, my secondment was extended and now here I am 19 years later.
2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
Having come from the UK, there are clearly differences between the two cultures, however, there is actually much linking the two. Both countries have such a strong cultural heritage. They also share long, rich histories.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
The castle district - the views over all compass points of the city and over the Danube always impress visitors. A visit to a ruin pub is also a must.
5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
A bottle of Unicum (not necessarily in the fridge though)
7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Cipőfűző – shoelaces – lots of tricky vowels but thankfully not a word that often comes up in conversation.
8. What do you miss the most from home?
9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
Music (not because of any talent though).
10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
I can’t think of any.
11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
Paris, which is actually where my grandmother lives.
13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
Following the cricket.
15. Red wine or white?
16. Book or movie?
17. Morning person or night person?
Both – which makes for long days…
18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Access to justice.
19. Buda side or Pest side?
Live in Buda and work in Pest.
20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Aim to take the high road and go with the flow.