Tony Connell: Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Any Liverpool fan. I ­support Everton, ‘the ­people’s club’.


Tony Connell: Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)What was your first-ever job?
Newspaper boy in a very cold, wet Liverpool.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Steadily getting more ­overdrawn as a pupil ­barrister.

What time do you usually leave the office?
We have flexible working – it’s never nine to five.

What do you do at weekends?
Watch horse-racing, bet on horses and enjoy the ­winnings.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Sardo Canale, Primrose Hill.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A journalist.

Who’s your hero and why?
My dad died recently. He gave us ­everything. His generation – selfless, uncomplaining, stoic, ­content – is passing and we will all be the worse for it.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Being part of a top-class team all doing their best to achieve justice on behalf of the public.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Explaining to victims’ ­relatives why there’s been a not guilty verdict. I once had to explain why we were compelled to accept a plea of manslaughter from a defendant who had killed seven people, including four generations of family members.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Some years ago it was only possible to get on in the CPS by embracing ­management responsibility (not like now). I hated it.

What car do you drive?
I don’t. Passed my test in 1986. Never driven since.

What book are you currently reading?
The Racing Post each day.

What’s on your iPod?
Haven’t got one and not a clue how to work one.

Favourite children’s book?
I have problems ­remembering what I read five minutes ago, let alone 40 years ago.

What’s the most exciting deal or case you’ve worked on?
Damilola Taylor. It was rewarding to be able to bring just a little bit of ­justice to his parents.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
A big mattress and a ­Panama hat.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
I was once ordered into an Old Street Magistrates’ Court cell to take client instructions. The gaolers forgot I was there and only released me an hour later.

Who would play you in the movie of your life and why?
One of the McGann ­brothers, so that they could accurately replicate the nasal whine of an exiled Scouser.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Any Liverpool fan. I ­support Everton, ‘the ­people’s club’.

CV
Name:
Tony Connell
Organisation: Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
Title: Special casework lawyer
Lives: Highbury, London
Education
1974-77: Birmingham University
1981-82: Inns of Court School of Law (now the City Law School)
Work history
1978-80: Admin trainee, George Wimpey
1982-86: The bar
1986-present: Special casework lawyer, CPS