The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Smith

Richard Smith has headed the property department of Nicholson Graham & Jones for six years and remains head of property at the enlarged firm following its recent amalgamation with Brecher & Co. Born in 1952 in Surrey, he now lives in Teddington, Middlesex.

What was your first job?

Washing my father's car for sixpence.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£1,100 per annum plus luncheon vouchers.

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

Become a professional musician.

Which law could you live without?

The Money Laundering Regulations 1993.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being mistaken for the trainer of Derby County Football Club by its then proprietor.

What car do you drive?

Volvo 480 (a sheep in wolf's clothing).

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

Julia Roberts.

Where would you go to eat?

Chez Nico.

What's the best thing on TV?

The dot.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.

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

My gardening jacket.

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

Thompson & Morgan's 1996 seed catalogue.

What is your all-time favourite record?

A collection of piano pieces by Billy Mayerl.

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

Don't expect to retire at 65.

What do you like about yourself?

Attention to detail.

What do you hate about yourself?

Attention to detail.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Tidying up my greenhouse.