The Lawyer Inquiry: John Bishop

John Bishop is a barrister and head of chambers at 7 Stone Buildings in London. He was born in Whitstable, Kent, in 1947 and still lives there.

What was your first job?

Freezing peas and beans.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

What's a salary?

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

Something sensible.

Which law could you live without?

Not a single one. They all help me make a living.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Coming out of a county court registrar's room after a disastrous ancillary relief hearing and having my distraught client faint in a heap at my feet while her new boyfriend created an ugly scene.

What car do you drive?

I don't – somebody stole it.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Can't say – they all look the same.

Where would you go to eat?

Her place.

What's the best thing on TV?

The 10 o'clock news.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?


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

My hat.

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

An anthology of classical Chinese poetry and Peter Pan to my youngest daughter at bedtime, when I get the chance.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Honky Tonk Woman, by the Rolling Stones.

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

Abandon hope and join as many committees as possible.

What do you like about yourself?

My sense of humour.

What do you hate about yourself?

My tendency to procrastinate.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Here will do.