Andrew Paton was born in Birmingham on 15 March 1957. He is the head of the insurance litigation team at Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham.
What was your first job?
Cleaning a metal-rolling factory during the summer shutdown.
What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?
£2,500 as an articled clerk with Cripps Harries Hall, Tunbridge Wells.
What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?
Something in advertising.
Which law could you live without?
Maximum speed limit on motorways.
What was your most embarrassing professional moment?
Trying to explain to my clients that I had forgotten to serve a defence (which I had received from counsel) in a £1m dilapidations case and that judgment had been entered against them.
What car do you drive?
A VW Sharan. My family is expanding to fill the space available.
Which famous person would you like to go out with?
Where would you go to eat?
In London – Bank (off the Strand), in Birmingham – Primitivo.
What's the best thing on TV?
Men Behaving Badly and Top Gear.
Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?
Fly Away Home.
What's your most often-worn piece of clothing?
What book(s) are you reading at the moment?
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.
What is your all-time favourite record?
Daydream Believer – The Monkees.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?
Specialise in tax, banking or VAT.
What do you like about yourself?
I like to think that I treat people with consideration.
What do you hate about yourself?
My not infrequent failure to meet my wife's expectations.
Where would you most like to be right now?
On a yacht in the Mediterranean.