The Lawyer Inquiry: Clare Grayston

Claire Grayston was born in 1960, and currently lives and works in London, where she is head of corporate finance at Lewis Silkin.

What was your first job?

Marks & Spencer Saturday girl.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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


Which law could you live without?

Diminishing returns.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

You would have to ask Edward Fennell of The Times about that!

What car do you drive?

One that won't upset the clients.

Which famous person would you like to

go out with?

Eric Cantona, sorry Clapton.

Where would you go to eat?

Somewhere without competition.

What's the best thing on TV?

Shamefully, Blind Date.

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

My pearls, of course.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Nine and a Half Weeks, or Macbeth, depending on what mood I'm in.

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

The Pinprick, by Carina Cory.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Nights in White Satin – I was 25 before I realised that it was not about mediaeval knights.

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

Set up a protective trust.

What do you most like about yourself?

Always having an answer.

What do you hate about yourself?

Not necessarily giving the answer that people want to hear.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Driving Westwards into the sunset.