Top Freshfields lawyer clocks up the miles using special treadmill desk

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By Thomas Connelly on

“I get good reports from my cardiologist”

Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM
Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

A top Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer has revealed how using a special treadmill desk has changed his life.

Alexander John Wilbraham (pictured top) — counsel at the magic circle giant’s Washington DC office — clocks up almost two miles every hour at what is now his primary office desk.

Having suffered from a blocked heart artery back in 2012, the arbitration specialist, keen to improve on his fitness, spent $1,500 (£1,200) on the piece of office-based exercise equipment.

Speaking to The National Law Journal (registration required), Wilbraham — who is a graduate of the University of Manchester — said:

It’s a little difficult to begin with. It’s a little like being at sea. There are slightly more inaccuracies in typing. Sometimes when I’m racking my brain over a paragraph, I will stop the machine. I can do most things except correct by hand, like type emails, attend conference calls.

Continuing, the 51-year-old — who qualified in the United Kingdom at Lawrence Graham (now known as Gowling WLG) — revealed:

I get good reports from my cardiologist.

Wearing a headset to take calls, the experienced lawyer has lost over 13kg in weight since he started using the contraption. So for all you City lawyers who like to indulge over the festive period, start placing your orders now.