Andrew Holroyd

What was your first-ever job?

Grave digger, Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, Yorkshire.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
My first day. After teaching English to tin miners in Indonesia for two years, I had forgotten the difference between freehold and leasehold.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The PAs and the press office always seem to have the latest gossip.

What time do you usually leave the office?
As president, hours are very irregular and I can be called up to do an interview at 10pm or sometimes have to travel to different corners of the country to meet members in a single day. In real life I start early and leave before 6pm.

What do you do at weekends?
On Law Society duty, attending social functions, conferences etc, and on weekends off catching up on the gardening in Liverpool.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Casino House, Kilbrittain, County Cork.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Possibly a Methodist minister.

Who’s your hero and why?
Beatrice Mtetwa, president of the Zimbabwe Law Society, for walking not just talking the rule of law.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Being leader of my profession.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Being leader of my profession.

What was your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Missing a lease deadline. Must count the months more carefully in my diary.

What car do you drive?
Audi A4.

What book are you reading?
The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan.

What’s on your iPod?
A Brahms octet and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
Countless cases of keeping clients in the UK who the Government would like to remove.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
Sudoku book and guitar.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
Rialto Buildings, Liverpool – mercifully burned down in the Toxteth riots.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
The International Bar Association in Singapore was a marathon and I felt as if I’d not slept for a week.

Which actor would play you in a movie of your life and why?
David Jason can do a Yorkshire accent and has roughly the right build.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Desmond Hudson, because we would never stop talking about the Law Society and that might drive us both mad.

Name: Andrew Holroyd
Title: President of the Law Society of England and Wales
Firm: Jackson & Canter
Lives: Liverpool
Education: Nottingham University
Work history: 1970-72: VSO Indonesia and Stevens Batesons Liverpool trainee
1972-74: Assistant, Stevens Batesons
1974-75: Assistant, Jackson & Canter
1975-77: Partner, Jackson & Canter
1977: President, Liverpool Law Society
1993-4: Chair, Law Society training committee
1999- 2003: Chair, Law Society Standards Board
2003-05: Deputy vice-president and vice-president, Law Society
2005-present: President, Law Society