The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Walton

Paul Walton was born in Crewe in 1945. He is a senior partner at Hill Dickinson solicitors.

What was your first job?

Assistant doll maker.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Priest or antiques dealer.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Acting for Liverpool Archdiocese in claim arising from defects to the Catholic Cathedral.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Asking magistrates to state a case to Divisional Court immediately and not to keep me waiting.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?


And the best thing about being a lawyer?


Who do you admire most, and why?

The Pope. Firm principles and strict adherence to truth.

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

Henry VIII. The client with every problem – a lawyer's goldmine.

What is your all-time favourite record?

If I had to choose any it would be a Beatles LP.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Citizens by Simon Scharia.

What food or drink can't you live without?


What's your favourite restaurant?

Bombay Brasserie, Knightsbridge.

And your favourite watering hole?

Inn at Whitewell, Chipping.

How do you relax?

Reading, antique buying, philately, opera, herb growing, shooting and being with friends.

What is your most precious possession?


Where would you most like to be right now?


In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?