The Lawyer Inquiry: Katie Bradford

Katie Bradford was born in Coventry on 28 February 1958. She now lives in London and is an assistant solicitor at Linklaters & Paines.

What was your first job?

Receptionist in a VD clinic.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£2,500 per annum.

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

Theatre critic.

Which law could you live without?

Landlord and Tenants (Covenants) Act 1995.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

When the Queen's Bench Master threw his White Book and my papers at me for trying to enter an appearance two years after it had been abolished.

What car do you drive?

I don't – I ride a Honda C90 motorbike.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

It would have to be Alan Howard – ever since he played Prince Hal at the RSC in Henry V (a long time ago).

Where would you go to eat?

Altnaharrie Inn, Ullapool.

What's the best thing on TV?

Since Murder One ended, nothing remarkable, so its back to Radio 4 and The Archers.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Some Like It Hot.

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

Motorbike helmet and gloves.

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

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle and Lanark by Alasdair Gray.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Elgar's 1st Symphony, Lawyers in Love by Jackson Browne, Paris 1919 by John Cale.

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

Learn to type.

What do you like about yourself?

My dogged support of Coventry City FC.

What do you hate about yourself?

My elbows.

Where would you most like to be right now?

At Lords, under a blue sky and watching England battle to a glorious victory.