The Lawyer Inquiry: David Sedgwick

David Sedgwick was born in Walsall in 1956. He is head of litigation at Clarke Willmott & Clarke.

What was your first job?

Slaughterhouse worker, which involved pushing freshly killed pigs along a slaughter line.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Something similar to my present job running a kindergarten or an old people's home.

Which law could you live without?

The CRU regulations.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

I turned up for an interlocutory hearing after having had a blow to the head while playing rugby the day before. I couldn't remember why I was there or who I was representing!

What car do you drive?

Porsche 911.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Isabelle Adjani.

Where would you go to eat?

The Beaujolais, Bath.

What's the best thing on TV?

Emily, our cat.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Last of the Mohicans.

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

My watch.

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

The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx and The Laurel and the Ivy by Robert Kee.

What is your all-time favourite record?

I don't have one.

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

Don't go to the Christmas party!

What do you like about yourself?

I'm a really good father…

What do you hate about yourself?

…but I'm an awful spouse.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In a beach shack in Goa, watching the sun go down.