The Lawyer Inquiry: John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein is a partner in Manches & Co's intellectual property department. Born in London in 1952, he still lives in the capital.

What was your first job?

Packing croissants in Joe Lyons' Vienna bakery, Cadby Hall in 1969.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Time, or philosophy, or both.

Which law could you live without?

Sections 107-109 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Appearing without tabs before Judge Llewelyn at the Bloomsbury County Court.

What car do you drive?

Rover 420 Estate.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Marie Helvin (again).

Where would you go to eat?

The River Cafe.

What's the best thing on TV?

Question Time.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Doctor Zhivago.

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

My Fry's cowboy boots – born 1979, they still fit.

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

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Nights in White Satin.

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

Think before you leap.

What do you like about yourself?

Never giving up.

What do you hate about yourself?


Where would you most like to be right now?

At the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, listening to Verdi's Othello.