The Lawyer Inquiry: Roger Alexander

Roger Alexander, aged 52, is managing partner at London firm Lewis Silkin. Born in Edinburgh, he currently lives in London.

What was your first job?

I was an articled clerk to accountants Blick Rothenberg. I lasted two weeks.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Approximately u4 per week as an articled clerk with Lewis Silkin.

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

A sports commentator or photographer.

Which law could you happily live without?

The law of diminishing returns.

What car do you drive?

A Saab convertible.

Who inspires you?

The work of Saul Bellow and Henri Cartier Bresson.

What's the best thing on television?

The commercials.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

'High Noon'.

What makes you seethe?

Religious or racial bigotry.

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

A tie decorated with headless ostriches.

What in your opinion is the worst piece of architecture?

The Hilton Hotel in Park Lane because of the vistas it has destroyed.

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

Don't let anyone force you to over-specialise. You might end up in a boring cul-de-sac.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In the South of France with my family.