The Lawyer Inquiry: Michael Ashe

Michael Ashe QC was born in Hendon on 10 March 1949. He is now a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings.

What was your first job?

Civil servant, Estate Duty Office, Inland Revenue.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

First brief fee £15.

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

Probably stayed in the civil service.

Which law could you live without?

Consumer Credit Act.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Unwittingly attempting to appear in the Divisional Court without my wig.

What car do you drive?

Renault 5.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Katherine Hepburn.

Where would you go to eat?

Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin.

What’s the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you’d appeared in?

Brief Encounter.

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

My multi-coloured Blarney Mills sweater.

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

Erskine Childers by Jim Ring, The Joke by Milan Kundera, Elizabeth’s Irish Wars by Cyril Falls.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Elgar’s cello concerto played by Jacqueline du Pre.

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

Unless you really enjoy the law, don’t.

What do you like about yourself?

Others are better able to comment.

What do you hate about yourself?

My inability to be tidy.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland.