The Lawyer Inquiry: Kate Martin

Kate Martin was born in Hull on 20 June 1968. She now lives in Sale, Cheshire and is a solicitor specialising in employment law at Davies Wallis Foyster.

What was your first job?

Stable lad(ess).

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£10,500.

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

Set/costume designer.

Which law could you live without?

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Leaving a message on a client's answerphone on a rushed Friday afternoon and saying "full stop" rather than "goodbye".

What car do you drive?

Citroen ZX Diesel (1.9).

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Aidan Quinn.

Where would you go to eat?

Greens for vegetarian, Los Marinos for Spanish.

What's the best thing on TV?

ER.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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

Levi 501s.

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

Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Cry me a River, by Marie Wilson; The Power of One soundtrack.

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

If you make a mistake, confess sooner rather than later.

What do you like about yourself?

My ability to justify something to myself which is wholly unjustifiable.

What do you hate about yourself?

Lack of any sporting prowess.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Galloping down a long sandy beach.