The Lawyer Inquiry: Nicholas Hine

Nicholas Hine was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire in 1962. He is an employment/litigation solicitor with Thomas Eggar Church Adams in London. To take part in the Inquiry, call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 4614.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?


What was your first job?


What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u5,000 as a self-employed barrister.

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

RAF fighter pilot.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Succeeding as an advocate in the Court of Appeal.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Splitting one's trousers in court.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?


And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Taking a case to a successful conclusion.

What annoys you most about clients?

Wanting everything done yesterday when the reality is that there is no urgency.

Who do you most admire, and why?

Clint Eastwood – because he makes my day.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Damon Hill – so I could attend all the season's Grand Prix.

What is your most annoying habit?

Telling my room-mate to make the coffee.

What's your biggest fear?

Returning to work from a holiday.

How do you relax?

Drinking beer on a summer's evening when all the children are asleep.

What is your most precious possession?

My cameras.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Ravello, on the Sorrento peninsula.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

Hopefully having made enough money to sail around the world.