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Ian Barker was born in Singapore in 1961 and is now a partner at Hempsons.
What was your first job?
Part time - as a bingo caller. Full time - on an oil rig building yard.
What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?
What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?
Become a zoologist.
What was your most satisfying professional moment?
Seeing a client's conviction for manslaughter quashed on appeal.
What was your most embarrassing professional moment?
At an inquest representing a doctor who had given a drug to a patient who was psychotic after taking LSD. I meant to ask my client about his experience with the prescribed drug. The question came out asking about his experience with LSD. Everyone in court had a good laugh.
What do you least like about being a lawyer?
Administration, and the increasing expectation that everything should be done yesterday.
And the best thing about being a lawyer?
The feeling that sometimes one can ease the burden for someone with a problem.
Who do you admire most, and why?
Martin Luther King (Jr) - a superb orator and someone who gave up his life for what he believed in.
Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?
Lee Harvey Oswald - his case seems like a lost cause, but he deserved the chance to show he was a "patsy".
Which Web site do you visit the most?
Chelsea FC: http://www.chelseafc.co.uk/
What is your all-time favourite record?
Anything by Ry Cooder: Bop Til You Drop.
What is your all-time favourite book?
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
What food or drink can't you live without?
What's your favourite restaurant?
Le Suquet - a French fish restaurant.
And your favourite watering hole?
The Hollywood - ten minutes walk from Chelsea Football Club.
How do you relax?
With my wife and son, or at a Chelsea home game.
What is your most precious possession?
My wedding ring.
Where would you most like to be right now?
On top of Bebab - a beautiful mountain in Scotland.
In ten years' time, where do you see yourself?
Hopefully doing what I do now - and on top of that mountain.