The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Miller

Richard Miller was born in London in 1966. He is a partner at Hatten Wyatt & Co and chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.

What was your first job?

Cashier at Tote Bookmakers.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£400 per month as a legal assistant.

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

Become a record company executive.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

My first DSS Tribunal win.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Completing a purchase and finding that the transfer named a different buyer instead of my client.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Having to deal with delay, incompetence and obstruction from other people, especially government bodies.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Being able to secure victory for the underdog.

Who do you admire most, and why?

My late father, Sidney Miller, who helped found both the Family Service Units and The Notting Hill Housing trust, for his compassion and dedication to those less fortunate than himself.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Freddie Mercury, so I could be paid in Queen collectors' items instead of cash.

Which web site do you visit the most?

Ed (rock violinist) and Denyze Alleyne-Johnson's site at

What is your all-time favourite record?

Tiger Feet by Mud.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Joseph Heller's Catch 22.

What food or drink can't you live without?


What's your favourite restaurant?

Nok Noi's Thai restaurant in Ramsgate.

And your favourite watering hole?

The Milbury's, Hampshire.

How do you relax?

Gardening and home-brew.

What is your most precious possession?

My two cats.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Relaxing on the Isle of Wight.

In ten years' time, where do you see yourself?

Running a second-hand record shop having won the lottery. Failing that, running a vibrant new legal practice offering services to those who can least afford legal fees.