Robert Anderson QC: Blackstone Chambers

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Tom Cruise (for the height) and Boris Karloff (for the looks). Charlie Chaplin should do the stunts.


Robert Anderson QC: Blackstone ChambersWhat was your first-ever job?
A camping courier in the Vendée.

What was your worst ­experience as a pupil?
Rushing out the door with an armful of photocopying for my pupil master only to knock a rather elderly Lord Denning clean off his feet.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in chambers?
Daly’s Wine Bar or the Edgar Wallace.

What time do you usually ­finish work?
I like to finish by about 6pm on Sundays.

What do you do at weekends?
If I’m not working I like to spend time with my family, read or cook. I also play guitar in a punk band.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
A little place on a hill in Tuscany called Luigi’s.

If you weren’t a barrister what would you have been?
A barristers’ clerk. And probably better off for it.

Who’s your hero and why?
Lord Denning – for not hitting me back.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The independence, the intellectual rigour and the cross-examination.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The independence, the intellectual rigour and the cross-examination.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Never run out of a door without looking – you never know who might
be passing.

What car do you drive?
A Porsche 997 Carrera S Cabrio (well, I am a silk…) and an S-Reg Ford Transit (… who plays in a band).

What book are you reading?
Tolstoy’s War and Peace (a very good new translation by Richard Pevear). I shall probably be reading it for some time.

What’s on your iPod?
Bruckner’s 9th Symphony (Karajan/Berliner ­Philharmoniker) and mixes of our new album.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
My son’s current favourite is You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton.

What’s the most exciting case you’ve worked on and why?
Visiting a client (the son of the late General Sani Abacha) in Kyrie Kyrie Maximum Security Prison in Lagos for pure adrenalin value.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
A DAB radio and a ­hammock.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
I once gave a talk at a DLA weekend retreat, only to inadvertently give away the score in a Six Nations match. They had taped it in order to watch it later. I was not popular.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
As a young junior I was the recipient of a ‘hospital pass’ return, which resulted in doing a three-day trial on four hours’ sleep.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Tom Cruise (for the height) and Boris Karloff (for the looks). Charlie Chaplin should do the stunts.

CV
Name:
Robert Anderson QC
Chambers: Blackstone
Lives: Primrose Hill, London
Education:
1977-81: Oundle School
1982-85: Pembroke College, Cambridge
Work history:
1987-92: 3 Paper Buildings
1992-present: Blackstone Chambers
2006: Made silk