The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrea McWatt

Andrea McWatt is a partner specialising in employment law at Manchester-based Davies Wallis Foyster. Born in South America in 1949, she now lives in Manchester.

What was your first job?

Training officer, Road Transport Industry Training Board.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

These are my unrealistic ambitions: a professional hedonist, a down-hill racer, an opera singer.

Which law could you live without?

The economies of size.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

A tribunal chairman commenting (eyes below the modesty board) that I had taken my shoes off. It was a hot day.

What car do you drive?

Pure pedigree Rover 216.

Which famous person would you like to spend an evening with?

I quite like the ones I was with last night.

Where would you go to eat?

A beach bar on Koi Samui, Thailand.

What's the best thing on TV?

Shut down.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Les Enfants du Paradis.

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

My skin.

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

You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth.

What is your all-time favourite record?


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

It's a good discipline but remember nothing can stop you changing early, mid or late stream – change is the natural law of life.

What do you like about yourself?

My love life.

What do you hate about yourself?

Nothing I can put my finger on.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Sitting in a hot tub, surrounded by snow, counting the stars, with a cold beer.