The Lawyer Inquiry: John Benstead

John Benstead was born in south London in 1963. He works as a legal advisor for KPMG

What was your first job?

Sales assistant in a hardware shop.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£2,000 as an outdoor clerk for a legal aid firm in Brixton.

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

Been one of the idle rich.

Which law could you live without?

Section 20c, Taxes Management Act 1970.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

When I accidentally stood in the dock at a magistrates' court on my first appearance as an Inland Revenue prosecutor.

What car do you drive?

Honda Prelude 2.0i.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Gwyneth Paltrow (the version with short blond hair).

Where would you go to eat?

Back row of a dimly lit cinema on a Saturday night to share a bag of popcorn.

What's the best thing on TV?

The Human Body on BBC1.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Great Escape playing Steve McQueen's role.

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

My leather jacket.

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

The Big Picture by Douglas Kennedy.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Freedom by George Michael.

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

Get a life.

What do you like about yourself?

I'm just an all-round nice guy.

What do you hate about yourself?

I lie.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Snorkelling with Gwyneth off Ambergris Cay, Belize.