The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Grindley

Paul Grindley was born in 1963 and is an employment lawyer with Hammond Suddards in Leeds.

What was your first job?

Canvassing for lawn mower repairs.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£7,500 per annum.

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

Aerobics instructor.

Which law could you live without?

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Discovery that the industrial tribunal chairman, about whom I was complaining to a client, had walked in the gents toilets behind us. I still don't know if he heard, but we did win the case.

What car do you drive?

Peugeot 405 GTX injection.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

George Best, with my mum – to see if he still remembers her.

Where would you go to eat?

Bombay Brasserie in Bradford.

What's the best thing on TV?

Match of the Day.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Calamity Jane.

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

My purple striped shirt.

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

Cat Behaviour Explained, by Peter Neville

What is your all-time favourite record?

Candle in the Wind, by Elton John

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

Forget what you were taught at university.

What do you like about yourself?

The fact that I do what I promise to do.

What do you hate about yourself?

My bald patch.

Where would you most like to be right now?

With my wife, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.