The Lawyer Inquiry: David Llewelyn

Former McKenna and Co solicitor and intellectual property specialist David Llewelyn is the founder of new City firm Llewelyn Zietman. He was born in Warrington in 1956 and now lives in London.

What was your first job?

On a production line packing 24 cans of Heinz baby food into boxes. It made me determined to do well in my A levels.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u8,000 (as a law lecturer at Reading University in 1977).

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

Been a journalist.

Which law could you well live without?

The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992.

What car do you drive?

A taxi by remote control – I don't drive.

Who inspires you?

My bank manager(s).

What's the best thing on TV?

Rory Bremner (and colleagues).

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

'10' (instead of Dudley Moore).

What makes you seethe?

Two-faced people.

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

My slippers.

What is the worst piece of architecture.

The Ministry of Defence Building on Southwark Bridge Road.

What book are you reading at the moment?

'The Complainer's Guide to Getting Even', by Jasper Griegson.

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

Learn a language. Be different.

Where would you most like to be right now?

With friends, in an efficiently run small law firm, charging reasonable rates. In fact, where I am now.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

In a larger version of the same.