The Lawyer Inquiry: Christina Heidensohn

Christina Heidensohn is a lawyer by training and is the research and liaison manager at the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Born in 1966 in London she now lives in Leamington Spa, where the bureau is based.

What was your first job?

Saturday assistant for Haringey Libraries, London.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Perform or become an academic.

Which law could you live without?

Where do I start? First, the age of consent; second, libel.

What car do you drive?

A 345L Volvo (Y registration).

Who inspires you?

My mother and Dervla Murphy.

What's the best thing on TV?

'Brookside' and 'Newsnight'.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

'Barbarella', 'Breathless', any Bunuel film.

What makes you seethe?

People who don't listen.

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

My black leather jacket.

What in your opinion is the worst piece of architecture?

The Barbican.

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

'On the Black Hill' by Bruce Chatwin; 'Faber Book of Pop';

AL Kennedy.

What is your all-time favourite record?

'This Charming Man' by The Smiths, 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes' by Cole Porter.

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

Think very carefully.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In a flotation tank.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

A successful airport novelist living in the Caribbean.