The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming was born in Lincoln in 1967. He is a corporate banking associate at Burges Salmon.

What was your first job?

Mortician's porter at the Salisbury Infirmary.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£17,500 as a trainee at Ashurst Morris Crisp.

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

History teacher or infantry officer.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Coming up with a financing structure on a particular transaction which, against all odds, did not contravene s.151 Companies Act 1985 and was commercially acceptable to all parties.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

On the first day of my articles, trying to send a fax using a photocopier.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Dealing with needlessly aggressive lawyers.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Producing a well-drafted loan agreement.

Who do you admire most, and why?

The Prince of Wales because of his perseverance in good causes, despite a bad press.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Douglas Hurd because he is intelligent, articulate, humorous, reliable and consistent.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walking.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Bruce Chatwin – Songlines.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Mashed potato, baked beans, sausages and bitter.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Markwicks, Corn Street, Bristol.

And your favourite watering hole?

The Bag-o-Nails, Jacobs Well Road, Clifton, Bristol.

How do you relax?

Hill walking, woodwork and sleep.

What is your most precious possession?

A sense of humour.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Scafell Pike, Cumbria.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

In a mirror.