The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Downing

Paul Downing was born in Aylesbury on 19 March 1947. He now lives in Wimbledon and is a partner at Arnheim & Co.

What was your first job?

Dishwasher operator at Kodak.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£10 per week as an articled clerk.

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

Become a ski instructor.

Which law could you live without?

Sod's law.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Buying swimming trunks to attend a barbecue party with clients in Rio. The only ones available at the hotel shop were awesomely brief.

What car do you drive?

A Supra.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

The female cast of Absolutely Fabulous.

Where would you go to eat?

Dan's in Sidney Street.

What's the best thing on TV?

The elephant advertisement for Rolo.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?


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

A blue sweatshirt.

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

Diary of a Nobody.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Move Closer.

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

Consider whether one-stop shopping is the key to their future.

What do you like about yourself?

My friends.

What do you hate about yourself?

The hair I thought was grey they tell me is white.

Where would you most like to be right now?