The Lawyer Inquiry: Alastair Brunker

Alastair Brunker was born in Amersham hospital in 1965. He is a solicitor in the employment department of Lewis Silkin in Wimbledon.

What was your first job?

Gardener (for a solicitor with a massive garden).

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£10,000 pa.

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

Photographer (or maybe a gardener I rather enjoyed it).

Which law could you live without?

LA Law.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

When I forgot to wear any trousers for an industrial tribunal hearing (fortunately it was only a dream).

What car do you drive?

The Fiat Uno my wife sold me.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Maggie O'Kane (Although Alan Titchmarsh comes a close second).

Where would you go to eat?

My mum's for a rather mean pea soup. Or Les Amoureux in Merton Park.

What's the best thing on TV?

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Lionel Bart's Oliver as Dodger.

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

My long johns.

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

I'm not.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Ian Dury's There ain't half been some clever bastards.

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

Remember: not all solicitors can afford gardeners.

What do you like about yourself?

The fact that I gave up law for a few years.

What do you hate about yourself?

The fact that I came back to it (joke really).

Where would you most like to be right now?

Checking up on the gardener.