The Lawyer Inquiry: Ed Duckworth

Ed Duckworth was born in Bristol in 1972. He is an assistant solicitor practising in medical negligence at Bevan Ashford in Bristol.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?

Art.

What was your first job?

Building site labourer.

What was your first-ever salary as a lawyer?

u12,000

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

Car dealer.

What annoys you most about clients?

They are all fine – the reason for acting for defendants rather than plaintiffs in medical negligence.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Getting my current job(!)

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Turning up at court a day late.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The deadlines, especially the Woolf reforms.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Easy credit.

Who do you most admire and why?

The ultimate entrepreneur – Richard Branson.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Hippocrates – the father of medicine.

What is your most annoying habit?

Being too tidy.

How do you relax?

Going to the gym and swimming.

What is your most precious possession?

My wallet.

What is your biggest fear?

Women drivers.

Where would you like to be right now?

Surfing somewhere hot.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

Hopefully the above, after winning the Lottery.