The Lawyer Inquiry: Jeremy Irwin-Singer

Jeremy Irwin-Singer was born in London in 1951. He is a partner at Linnells.

What was your first job?

Wringing chickens' necks on a chicken farm in Wales.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u1,196 pa.

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

Become a TV presenter.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Taking Henmans to the cleaners on a PI claim.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being propositioned in the solicitors' room at Reading County Court.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The eternal compromises that have to be made with partners.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Power and independence.

Who do you admire most, and why?

Nelson Mandela, for achieving in South Africa what we have failed to achieve in Cyprus, Ireland, Israel and Bosnia.

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

Marilyn Monroe, full of problems and with a chest full of money.

Which web site do you visit the most?

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC: www.wolves.co.uk

What is your all-time favourite record?

Arc of a Diver by Steve Winwood.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Vanity Fair.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Avocados.

What's your favourite restaurant?

The Walnut Tree, Llandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny.

And your favourite watering hole?

The Swan Inn, Southorp, Gloucestershire.

How do you relax?

Playing beach cricket with my two sons.

What is your most precious possession?

My country home.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain.

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

Having pelvic pump-ups in Tobago.