The Lawyer Inquiry: Gerald Shamash

Gerald Shamash, 47, is a constitutional expert known for his human rights work. Born in Manchester, he now lives in London and is a partner at Steele & Shamash.

What was your first job?

An emergency break-down service for the Automobile Association.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

In those days I never realised they were paid!

What would you have done if you weren't a lawyer?

Played up-front for Manchester United.

Which law could you happily live without?

The Caramel Cream directive EEC no 69423 of 1991. That comes to 24,000 words.

What car do you drive?

Citroen Dyane.

Who inspires you?

Jamie, Matt & Kate.

What's the best thing on TV?

The Test card.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Tarzan – as Cheetah.

What makes you seethe?

Signing cheques.

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

"Man you cannot be serious."

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

A Manchester United scarf.

What in your opinion is the worst piece of architecture.

Department of Environment, Marsham Street and DSS, Elephant & Castle are joint worst.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Old Trafford, Manchester.