The Lawyer Inquiry: Douglas Stewart

Personal injury lawyer Douglas Stewart, aged 50, is a partner at Stewarts and an author of legal fiction. Born in Glasgow, he lives and works in London.

What was your first job?

British Rail porter at

Folkestone Harbour.

What was your first salary as a lawyer?

Overpaid at u5 per week.

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

Become a master of wine.

Which law could you well live without?

Most law from the Brussels tower of Babel.

What car do you drive?

Vauxhall Calibra (inevitably with twin air bags).

Who inspires you?

The courage of those with catastrophic injury and the stoic resilience of their relations.

What's the best thing on television?

Cricket, news and more cricket.

Which film do you wish you had starred in?

'Rob Roy' – the leading part and with script control to ensure the Scots win.

What makes you seethe?

Jobsworth types who see only problems rather than opportunity.

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

A blue pullover.

What is the worst piece of architecture.

The John F Kennedy Memorial, Dallas.

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

Having good systems is apparently more important than caring.

Where would you most like to be right now?