The Lawyer Inquiry: Paula Feldman

Paula Feldman was born in 1960 in London. She is a solicitor in the media litigation group at Richards Butler.

What was your first job?

Selling antiques in Portobello Market.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£80 per week plus luncheon vouchers worth 25p per day.

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

A photographer for National Geographic.

Which law could you live without?


What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Attending a hearing before a Master and realising during my opening submission that I had encountered him once before on a disastrous date.

What car do you drive?

An MG.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Bruce Willis a man to have around when you are stuck in a lift.

Where would you go to eat?

Who would want to eat? But to be seen with him Balthazar in New York.

What's the best thing on TV?

The new Michael Parkinson interviews, particularly the interview with Elton John. For innovative comedy, Goodness Gracious Me.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

West Side Story or Pulp Fiction.

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

My Elle track-suit not that I spend my leisure time at the gym.

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

Meera Syal's Anita and Me and Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters.

What is your all-time favourite record?

David Bowie's Changes.

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

Don't take yourself too seriously.

What do you like about yourself?

My sharp decisive nature.

What do you hate about yourself?

Er… I'm not sure… I'll have to think about that one.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Let loose in Sloane Street with Ivana Trump's credit card.