The Lawyer Inquiry: Matthew Joynes

Matthew Joynes was born in Kent on 6 November 1967. He now lives in London and is company lawyer at publishers Northern and Shell.

What was your first job?

Ice cream salesman.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Something artistic, I hope.

Which law could you live without?

Section 90 (3) of the Copyright Design and Patent Act 1988.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Probably this in years to come.

What car do you drive?

None – my MG was stolen last month.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Sophie Marceau (the French one in Braveheart).

Where would you go to eat?

Key West.

What’s the best thing on TV?

The European football championship.

Which movie do you wish you’d appeared in?

The Big Blue.

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

My lucky Y-fronts.

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

When Elephants Weep by Jeff Mason and Susan McCarthy (about the emotional lives of animals).

What is your all-time favourite record?

Pulling mussels from a shell by Squeeze.

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

Be patient and don’t jump to conclusions.

What do you like about yourself?

Having good perception.

What do you hate about yourself?

Always ironing the collars of my shirts wrongly.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Seattle or Vancouver.