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John Gower-Jones is a partner in the property department of Davies Wallis Foyster's Manchester office. Born in Rochdale in 1946, he now lives in Mobberley, Cheshire.
What was your first job?
Deck chair attendant, Blackpool.
What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?
£400 a year as an articled clerk.
What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?
But for lack of talent, I would have been an international footballer.
Which law could you live without?
Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1994 which caused chaos where only peace and tranquillity existed before.
What was your most embarrassing professional moment?
As an articled clerk, being told in open court by a newly-appointed County Court Judge (as they were then) to go back to my firm and stop wasting the court's time - I've not been keen on litigation ever since.
What car do you drive?
Which famous person would you like to go out with?
Where would you go to eat?
Hotel Georges V, Paris.
What's the best thing on TV?
Yes Prime Minister.
Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?
Four Weddings and a Funeral.
What's your most often-worn piece of clothing?
What book(s) are you reading at the moment?
Lake Wobegone Days by Garrison Keillor; Edward VIII by Philip Zeigler.
What is your all-time favourite record?
Brahms 4th Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic/Von Karajan; Rockin' All Over the World, Status Quo.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?
Don't give up your day job.
What do you like about yourself?
Sense of humour.
What do you hate about yourself?
Nothing much (smug or what?).
Where would you most like to be right now?
Sitting with Mrs G-J in the main square in Nerja drinking beer.