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Get your motor running

PUBLISHED: 14:22 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 20 February 2013

Stephen Tetlow

Stephen Tetlow

Stephen Tetlow, a partner at Loughton-based Attwaters Solicitors, explains why he loves the open road - and installing kitchens

Tell us about your family
I have a gorgeous wife, Fiona, who is a hospital ward sister. We have been together for 35 years and have three wonderful children. My eldest daughter got her degree in education last year and has nearly finished her first year as a qualified teacher. My son has just finished his first year at Reading University, studying law, and my youngest daughter starts university in September 2009.

Do you have any pets?
We have two cats and a border terrier called Daisy.

Where do you live?
I have lived in Broxborne in Hertfordshire for 24 years, but I have worked in Loughton for the last 15 years.

What do you do for a living?
I am a solicitor and partner in Attwaters Solicitors, based
at the Loughton office.

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Becoming a full partner in Attwaters, a prestigious firm of solicitors with a long and rich heritage.

What do you love about your job?
Problem solving and also the satisfaction that comes from hearing that clients have been so pleased with the work I have done that they have recommended me to their friends and relatives.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I'm quite good at installing fitted kitchens.

What are your hobbies?
I am a bit of a petrol-head. I have two motorcycles and a Caterham 7 sports car which I love taking apart and putting back together again. I am an avid music fan and I have also followed the ups and downs (mostly downs in recent years) of Queens Park Rangers FC since I was 11.

How do you relax?
I don't very often. As my family will tell you, I'm always doing something. However, I do like to switch off for a week or two in the summer and just sit on the beach with a good book and a cold beer.

What is your worst habit?
Double checking everything, but perhaps that's a good thing in a solicitor.

Which five guests would you invite to a dinner party and why?
John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon and my mother and father as they all died long before they should have and I would love to see them back for a few hours.

What is your favourite song or piece of music and why?
A very hard choice but probably The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams because it evokes a vivid musical image of a beautiful, sunny, Essex countryside. Heaven.

Where are the best views to be had in Essex?
The view from the top of the tower at Nazeing Church.

Describe Essex in one sentence
Coastline and seaside, countryside and agriculture, picturesque villages and new towns, industry and shopping centres; almost everything that England has to offer condensed into one county.

What is your favourite town in Essex and why?
Great Dunmow. A lovely town with everything you could want but small and friendly. My wife's father and sister have both lived there and I often wish that we had moved there.

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