The Lawyer Inquiry: Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall was born in London on 1 May 1967. He is a barrister and wrote the new Channel 5 series, Wing and a Prayer.

What was your first job?

Gardening for pocket money (where I learned the work ethic).

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£1,500 for a six months pupillage.

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

Sown a lot of wild oats, then written a book about it.

Which law could you live without?

1944 Education Act. Everyone should go to public school.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Calling an androgenous-looking female magistrate "Sir" for a whole trial.

What car do you drive?

BMW convertible.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Julie Andrews circa 1967.

Where would you go to eat?

Regency Cafe, Hereford, for tea and buns.

What's the best thing on TV?

My series, Wing and a Prayer, after that, Are You Being Served.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Sound of Music as Baron Von Trapp – just to get close to Julie Andrews.

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

My Dad's Army T-Shirt.

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

The Day of the Jackal (again!) and Hopper's Treetop Adventure to my two-year-old son, Thomas.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Goodness Gracious Me – Peters Sellers/Sophia Loren.

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

Never touch a legal aid case. Always touch your instructing solicitor for a round of drinks.

What do you like about yourself?

My self-discipline.

What do you hate about yourself?

Being shy about complaining.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In the back seat of a Yeoman's bus with Julie Andrews, travelling from Hereford to Leominister for a naughty weekend at the Talbot Hotel.