The Lawyer Inquiry: Stephen Ramsey

Stephen Ramsey was born in Stockport on 11 November 1961. He now lives in Witney, Oxfordshire and is company secretary and in-house lawyer at National Wind Power.

What was your first job?


What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

I never tried not to. In dreams a travel writer, in reality an accountant (probably failed).

Which law could you live without?

The one which states "There is no such thing as a straightforward translation".

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Losing a consent order in front of Master Waldeman.

What car do you drive?


Which famous person would you like to go out with?

I do not go out – I've got very young children.

Where would you go to eat?

Anywhere, anything, anytime.

What's the best thing on TV?

Who watches TV when you can listen to Radio 5 Live?

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Local Hero.

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

Bow tie.

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

Scenes Behind the Museum by Kate Atkinson and Mr Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr Sueuss.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Cleaning Windows by Van Morrison.

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

Concentrate on your strengths and enjoy – otherwise get out quick.

What do you like about yourself?

My children.

What do you hate about yourself?

In sport, that my avid interest is matched by my gross inability.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On top of Sgurr Deag (the inaccessible pinnacle of Skye).