The LCN Legal Interview: Dr Achim Hofmann

We are delighted to feature an interview with Dr Achim Hofmann. Achim was formerly General Counsel at Sharp Electronics’ European headquarters in Hamburg. He is now the principal of a specialist employment law practice, also in Hamburg. His contact details can be found at the end of this article.

Why did you get into law?
When I was 14 years old I decided to become a lawyer. It was the best decision I have made, but I can´t remember the reasoning.

Who has been the most influential role model for your professional life?
My father. He wanted to be a lawyer but due to many circumstances, he could not study it.

From the perspective of a buyer of professional services, what were your top 3 dislikes when dealing with advisers?
If I can´t reach the lawyer when I need him (availability), complicated billing systems, someone who doesn’t know his limitations, i.e to propose a specialist at the right time.

In a movie of your life story, which actor would you like to play you?
I don´t have much knowledge of the names of movie actors, so I can´t answer this question seriously.

What would be your dream job if you didn’t work in law?
That is my problem, to be a lawyer is the only job I can do best and I wanted to do.

What is your biggest extravagance?
To be arrogant.

What do you do to relax?
Playing golf.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
The North Sea.

What piece of advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Study law.

Dr Achim Hofmann can be contacted on +49 40 822 153 345 or at achim.hofmann@arbeitsrecht-hamburg.de.

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