Slaughter and May’s Nigel Boardman is the most famous corporate lawyer of his generation. After 46 years of working on many of the U.K.’s most high-profile deals, he retires next month. His clients have included the likes of Shell, Vodafone, BHP Billiton, Reuters, Marks & Spencer, Walmart, Standard Chartered, BAE Systems, Onex, Cable & Wireless, Tomkins, the Rugby Football Union and his beloved Arsenal FC.

He talks to Legal Week about his retirement aims, his proudest professional moment, the most innovative thing in law, and getting remarried.