The Lawyer Inquiry: Costas Andrea

Costas Andrea was born in London in 1962. He is now principal of Andrea & Co.

What was your first job?

Shelf-stacker at Sainsburys.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£6,000.

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

Pathologist.

Which law could you live without?

All laws around the world which set limitation dates for personal injury actions.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

As an articled clerk, complaining to our receptionist that a client was late for his appointment when he was sitting in reception but out of sight (although not out of earshot).

What car do you drive?

Mazda RX7.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Teri Hatcher.

Where would you go to eat?

Palio's in Notting Hill Gate.

What's the best thing on TV?

Red Dwarf.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Reservoir Dogs.

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

Timberland boots.

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

Setting Up and Managing a Small Practice by Martin Smith, and Solicitors' Accounts Manual.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf.

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

Common sense can be as important as academic qualifications.

What do you like about yourself?

My drive and determination.

What do you hate about yourself?

The fact that I didn't start a practice of my own earlier.

Where would you most like to be right now?

The Star Pub, Guildford.