The work-life quiz: Richard Lissack QC

What was your first-ever job?

What was your first-ever job?
Steam-cleaning imported Italian sports cars at the docks.

What was your worst experience as a pupil?
Getting stuck in a one-way system near the Old Bailey, having been told to park my pupil master’s Mercedes – fully robed – and being too nervous to remember to take my wig off.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The pub at 6.30pm on a Friday with the clerks.

What time do you usually leave the office?

What do you do at weekends?
Ride horses fast across the countryside.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Babington House, Chilli’s Indian Takeaway in Gillingham, Dorset, Asia de Cuba and Nobu.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Something in advertising.

Who was your mentor or role model?
My father, who instilled in me the twin ethics of hard work and straight dealing. Otherwise, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC. He embodies all that is best about the independent bar.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Being my own boss.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Being my own boss.

What’s your biggest career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Staying too long at my old chambers – don’t let loyalty be blind

What car(s) do you drive?
Audi S4 Convertible, Mercedes Estate and a Jeep.

What book are you reading?
DC Confidential by Christopher Meyer.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Pink Floyd – always is and always will be. Also The Doors, Gypsy Kings, Green Day, Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers.

What’s the most exciting case you have worked on and why?
Maxwell. Big money, celebrity, intrigue and drama – all on a very public stage.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two luxury items would you take?
If Uma Thurman is out of the question, a state-of-the-art media centre and a stock of DVDs.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
29 hours.

If a movie were being made about your life, who would play you?
Pierce Brosnan – I prefer self-delusion.

Chambers: Outer Temple Chambers
Position: Barrister
Lives: Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire
Education: University College School, Hampstead
Work history:
1978: Called to the Bar
1980: 2 King’s Bench Walk, Temple
1994: Appointed Queens Counsel
1997: 35 Essex Street, now called Outer Temple Chambers