The Lawyer Inquiry: Nigel Lipton

Nigel Lipton is a lecturer at the College of Law in London. Aged 34, he was born in London, and still lives there.

What was your first job?

Articled clerk.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Become self-employed – half as successful and half as happy as Richard Branson.

Which law could you live without?

The Civil Evidence Act 1968; the Legal Aid Act 1988 s18 (4) (G) – take out the word "severe" from "severe financial hardship".

What car do you drive?

BMW 3 series.

Who inspires you?

Those in the medical profession, the emergency services and people who work for Amnesty International.

What's the best thing on TV?

'Only Fools and Horses' and 'LA Law'.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Any Marx Brothers movie.

What makes you seethe?

Racists; people who wear baseball caps back-to-front; people with no sense of morality; poverty; hunger and homelessness.

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

My collection of cartoon socks.

What is the worst piece of architecture?

Residential tower blocks.

What books are you reading at the moment?

The Kenneth Williams Diaries and 'Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love' by Oscar Hijuelos.

What is your all-time favourite record?

So many: Mozart, clarinet quintet in A; Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells; Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life.

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

Trust your own judgement rather than that of a recruitment agent.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Coming off the pitch in the FA Cup Final having scored the winning goal in the 90th minute for Leeds Utd against Man Utd.