The Lawyer Inquiry: James Whiter

James Whiter was born in Stoke on Trent in 1963. He is an associate at Linnells in Oxford.

What was your first job?

The Official Secrets Act prevents me from discussing it.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£9,000 per annum as a trainee.

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

Journalism has always appealed.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Winning my first industrial tribunal case as an advocate.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

I'm still waiting for it.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Difficult clients and timesheets.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Satisfied clients.

Who do you admire most, and why?

Anyone who can successfully balance work and play.

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

This is too difficult.

Which Web site do you visit the most?

What is a Web site?

What is your all-time favourite record?

Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Marstons Pedigree.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Smith & Wollenski, New York.

And your favourite watering hole?

Too many to mention.

How do you relax?

Playing with my daughter.

What is your most precious possession?

My photographs.

Where would you most like to be right now?

At Wembley watching Stoke City win the FA Cup Final (in my dreams!) or, more realistically, on holiday in Corsica or Sicily.

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

Hopefully doing what I'm doing now, but for more money!