The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter John Miller

Peter John Miller was born on 25 May 1951, at Prestbury in Chester. He now lives in Tooting Bec in London and is head of property at Davis & Co. He specialises in commercial property.

What was your first job?

Vacation draw-bench operator in Bredbury steelworks.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£800pa as an articled clerk with Thomson Snell & Passmore.

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

Become a professor of classical Greek.

Which law could you live without?

VAT on commercial property.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Having to tell my head of department in my early days at Stephenson Harwood that I was out of time for registering a charge at Companies House for a major clearer.

What car do you drive?

Mercedes 190E 2.0.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Socrates.

Where would you go to eat?

Penelope's kitchen, Island of Ithaca (Ionian Sea), circa 400BC or Sona Rupa, Janpath, New Delhi.

What's the best thing on TV?

The New Adventures of Superman.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Castaway.

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

Since I started teleworking, my grey cord jeans.

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

The Natural Law Party Manifesto and Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda.

What is your all-time favourite record?

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack or Serenade For Tenor, Horn and Strings, Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Benjamin Britten.

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

Specialise in something you enjoy or something unpopular.

What do you like about yourself?

My professional independence.

What do you hate about yourself?

Being single.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Jyotir Math, Himalayas.