The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Stott was born in Littleborough in 1949. He is a partner and head of medical negligence at Stephensons in Wigan.

What was your first job?

Holiday labourer at a laundry (I lasted one morning).

Full-time: a life assurance inspector.

What was your first salary as a lawyer?

Articles: u20 a week. Qualified: u6,000 a year.

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

I have been a building society assistant manager. Otherwise, who knows?

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Acceptance of my first cerebral palsy causation.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Telling a client who lost a leg in an accident that the defence didn't have a leg to stand on.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?


And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Being able to stretch the mind to get justice for wronged clients.

Who do you admire most, and why?

Richard Branson. He is very successful, apparently effortlessly. He's still approachable and wants to test himself.

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

Bill Bryson – he's too laid-back to be argumentative.

What character do you most resemble in Ally McBeal, and why?

Sorry, I've never watched it beyond the first 15 minutes.

What is your most annoying habit?

Nervous clearing of the throat.

How do you relax?

Watching rugby league and ice hockey, listening to music, reading.

What is your most precious possession?

My wife and two sons or, if you don't want a cliche (true though it is), my record collection.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Central Park Wigan or the Manchester Evening News arena.

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

The South Sea Islands.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?


What annoys you most about clients?

When they don't read letters.

What is your biggest fear?

Burning out before I can afford to retire.