The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

Stephen Goodman was born in Liverpool in 1961. He is head of the commercial property department at Halliwell Landau.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?

French

What was your first job?

Marking the boards at a bookies.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u2,400 per annum.

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

A jockey!

What annoys you most about clients?

The fact that I'm not one myself.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Causing an emergency sitting of the Nigerian government as we had arrested one of their ships at Tilbury.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

At a pension fund hospitality cricket match, I bowled out a client for a golden duck, only to discover on waving him back to the pavilion he was the landlord's surveyor, currently negotiating the rent review of my firm's offices.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Being disturbed by clients at all hours of the night.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Being able to disturb clients at all hours of the night.

Who do you most admire, and why?

Baloo from the Jungle Book, as I have modelled my figure on him.

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

William the Conqueror – for his aggressive land acquisition policy.

What is your most annoying habit?

Interrupting people.

How do you relax?

By interrupting people.

What is your most precious possession?

Jane Fonda Keep-Fit video.

What is your biggest fear?

Everton Football Club being relegated.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Sitting at the hotel Villa D'Este on Lake Como, having finished my second bottle of Chateau Y'Quem, and the client settling the bill.

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

Sitting at the hotel Villa D'Este on Lake Como, having finished my second bottle of Chateau Y'Quem with my solicitor and me settling the bill.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 4614