The Lawyer Inquiry: Siobhan McCloskey-Oudahar was born in 1964 in Bellshill, Scotland. She is a partner at Garretts.

What subjects did you fail at school?


What was your first job?

A Saturday job at Woolworths.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£4,500 pa.

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

Party organiser.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Seeing the British Airways London eye successfully lifted.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Expressing the wish that my then boss would jump out of the nearest window, only to find him standing behind me.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Our low ranking in the popularity stakes.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

It's challenging – preventing the onset of brain death.

What annoys you most about clients?

Being late for meetings.

Who do you most admire, and why?

My dad – he sticks to his word.

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

Emperor Hadrian – to discuss his views on the English-Scottish divide.

What is your most annoying habit?

Being the last to leave a party.

What's your biggest fear?


How do you relax?

Playing cards with my husband and his friends.

What is your most precious possession?

A signed photo of David Ginola.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Lying on a beach with my husband in his home village off the North African coast.

In 10 years' time where do you see yourself?

As a successful lawyer, mother and party goer.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 467