The Lawyer Inquiry: Jon Vivian

Jon Vivian is a property law partner at City firm McKenna & Co. Aged 40 he was born, and still lives, in Sussex.

What was your first job?

Labouring long and hard in a saw mill.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Negligible. Some things never change.

What would you have done if you weren't a lawyer?

Possibly a fund manager/ professional golfer both at the same time.

Which law could you live without?

My mother-in-law.

What car do you drive?

A six iron.

Who inspires you?

Seve Ballesteros.

What's the best thing on television?

'Crime Watch' – to see how the other side lives.

Which film do you wish you had appeared in?

'Chariots of Fire'.

What makes you seethe?

Property transactions aborting at the last moment where months of hard work are wasted.

What is your most-often worn piece of clothing?

My standard lawyer's suit.

What do you think is the worst piece of architecture?

I am tempted to say Mitre House, although perhaps Royex House at London Wall is possibly even worse.

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

Always be approachable and never forget that it is the client who pays the bills.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Strolling along the sea front at Lyme Regis in Dorset.