The Lawyer Inquiry: Lee Gleeson

Lee Gleeson was born in London in 1963 and still lives in the city. She is an assistant in company and commercial at

Charles Russell in London. She is one of only 12 lawyers to pass insolvency exams.

What was your first job?

Cinema usherette.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£10,500 pa as an articled clerk.

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

Joined a circus.

Which law could you live without?


What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

As an articled clerk, being asked by an elderly female client (who was about to sign the will I had drafted) why I had provided for her to leave all her worldly goods to her wife.

What car do you drive?

Citroen AX.

Which famous person would you like to spend an evening with?

Brad Pitt.

Where would you go to eat?


What's the best thing on TV?

Tom & Jerry.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

My Fair Lady.

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


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

The Waterworks – EL Doctorow; The Green Flag – Robert Kee.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Ever Fallen in Love – The Buzzcocks.

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

Never be afraid to ask questions.

What do you like about yourself?

My optimism.

What do you hate about yourself?

I'm too optimistic.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In the bath with a gin & tonic and a good book.