The Lawyer Inquiry: Lynda Martin Alegi

Lynda Martin Alegi was born in Liverpool on 7 March 1952. She is a partner at Baker & McKenzie.

What was your first job?

Papergirl.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£1,500.

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

Been a kept woman.

Which law could you live without?

The Restrictive Trade Practices Act – and I soon will be able to.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

I'm too thick-skinned to recognise embarrassing moments.

What car do you drive?

Porsche 924.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Bill Clinton.

Where would you go to eat?

The White House.

What's the best thing on TV?

The National Lottery Live.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Casablanca.

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

One piece of a black bikini, closely followed by the other piece, and a pair of black 501 jeans.

What book are you reading at the moment?

The New Emperors by Harrison Salisbury, a terrific review of post-revolutionary China, and High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.

What is your all-time favourite record?

I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye.

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

Develop a thick skin.

What do you like about yourself?

The way I can forget the office and relax at home.

What do you hate about yourself?

Forgetting to switch off and treating my husband like my trainee.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Where I am – by the pool.