The Lawyer Inquiry: Charlotte Collier

Charlotte Collier was born in Burton-on-Trent on 13 June 1959. She is a partner specialising in childcare at legal aid firm Atkins Hope in Croydon.

What was your first job?

Selling fruit and vegetables in a greengrocers.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Become an international opera singer.

Which law could you live without?

Married woman (restraint upon anticipation) (Northern Ireland) Act 1952.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being asked if I was prosecuting after I had achieved my first acquittal.

What car do you drive?

Peugeot 205 GTI.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Jimmy Nail.

Where would you go to eat?

Linden Hall Hotel.

What's the best thing on TV?

Crocodile Shoes II.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Dr Zhivago.

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

Pearl earrings.

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

The Blood of Others by Simone de Beauvoir.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Angie by The Rolling Stones.

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

Take a spare pair of tights to your interview.

What do you like about yourself?

My sense of humour.

What do you hate about yourself?

Intolerance – I don't suffer fools.

Where would you most like to be right now?