The Lawyer Inquiry: Stephen Dooley

Stephen Dooley was born in County Galway in 1971. He is an associate at Sidley & Austin specialising in intellectual property and IT.

What was your first job?

Delivering newspapers.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Less than I hoped.

What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

Cat burglar.

Which law could you live without?

Newton's Second I never manage to avoid the backlash.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Having to attend a closing meeting without wearing any socks. My discovery as I changed came too late for a last minute dash to the shops.

What car do you drive?

Anything available.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Cameron Diaz.

Where would you go to eat?

Cave in Piccadilly.

What's the best thing on TV?

Frasier and Friends.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Untouchables.

What's your most often-worn piece of clothing?

My shoes.

What book(s) are you reading at the moment?

Saint Overboard by Leslie Charteris and The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Yaarder.

What is your all-time favourite record?

It changes monthly anything but the blasted Teletubbies.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?

Make sure you like the people you work with (and wear socks at all times).

What do you like about yourself?

I'm too stupid to quit.

What do you hate about yourself?

My utter inability either to sing or dance.

Where would you most like to be right now?

The Mir space station but only if I could leave very quickly.