The Lawyer Inquiry: Ross MacKay

Ross MacKay is the head of the private client department at Henderson Boyd Jackson, WS, based in Edinburgh. Raised in the Scottish Highlands, he has lived in Edinburgh since 1980

What was your first job?

Bus conductor on the Mull of Kintyre.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Around £2,000 a year as an indentured apprentice.

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

Become the proprietor of a small hotel in Kintyre.

Which law could you live without?

The law that states: when something goes wrong, it gets worse.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Having to listen to a client's tales of debauchery that he assured me were not grounds for divorce by his wife. He was wrong.

What car do you drive?

Volkswagen Passat Estate.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Nelson Mandela.

Where would you go to eat?

Peat Inn, Fife.

What's the best thing on TV?

Now? Channel 4 News. Ever? Tutti Frutti.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Local Hero.

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

Denim jacket.

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

Enigma, by Robert Harris.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Skye (live version), by Runrig.

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

Ensure you're well versed in IT.

What do you like about yourself?

My sense of priorities.

What do you hate about yourself?

Hate? Nothing. Dislike? Being nice when being hard is more appropriate.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Walking along Machrie Bay on Islay.