The Lawyer Inquiry: Henry Sherman

Henry Sherman is a partner in McKenna & Co's construction department. Born in Burnley, Lancashire, in 1952, he now lives in Teddington, London.

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What was your first job?

A highly enjoyable summer placement at Brain & Brain, Reading.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

I have forgotten; it seemed princely at the time.

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

Otherwise unemployable.

Which law could you live without?

Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Bill (if enacted in its present form).

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Signing a letter in the name of my old firm on my second day at McKennas and then having it read out by leading counsel in court.

What car do you drive?

A Volvo 760 Estate with a forgiving nature.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Lenny Henry (if that's allowed).

Where would you go to eat?

Ideally the River Cafe but I'd leave it up to him.

What's the best thing on TV?

Almost any gardening programme.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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

Disreputable leather jacket.

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

Will Hutton's The State We're In, The Jungle Book and, with our youngest son, The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith.

What is your all-time favourite record?

According to our kids, Oasis' latest but actually Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte on an elderly Deutsche Gramophone recording.

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

The main challenge will be balancing the need to be commercial with the need to maintain standards.

What do you like about yourself?

That I remain totally unspoiled by success, popularity and riches (pass).

What do you hate about yourself?

Insufficient patience with the children.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In Burma with the family and a supply of Mandalay beer.