The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett was born in London on 23 July 1953. He is practice manager at 36 Bedford Row, the chambers of James Hunt QC.

What was your first job?

Paper boy.

What was your first-ever salary?


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

Management of law firms – which is what I do.

Which law could you live without?

The law which will introduce Legal Aid block contracts for the Bar

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Realising that the first two pages of a 12-page speech were missing just as I approached the podium.

What car do you drive?

Laguna Estate.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Tricky question. My daughter, Hannah (13), suggested Cilla Black and my son, Joseph (9), John Barnes! Pass.

Where would you go to eat?


What's the best thing on TV?

The 'off' switch.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Hook – I only get to watch films with the kids!

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

A tie.

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

The Rainmaker by John Grisham, and a book about mediation and arbitration.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles.

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

Be client-aware from day one.

What do you like about yourself?

I try very hard.

What do you hate about yourself?

Disappointing the kids when I miss an event.

Where would you most like to be right now?

A cafe in Poros, Greece.