The Lawyer Inquiry: Barrie Barker

Barrie Barker was born in Liverpool on 13 January 1943. He is a consultant lawyer at


What was your first job?

Delivering newspapers.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£1,250 per annum.

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

Landscape gardener.

Which law could you live without?

Any law based on political correctness.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being non-suited in my first county court appearance.

What car do you drive?

Alfa-Romeo 164.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Jill Dando or Helen Mirren.

Where would you go to eat?

Lunch at Langan's and dinner at Shepherds.

What's the best thing on TV?

The white dot.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Graduate.

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

A disgusting Barbour jacket.

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

The Tailor of Panama and Bonfire of the Vanities (for the second time).

What is your all-time favourite record?

Dancing in the Street by Martha and The Vandellas.

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

Try to behave like a human being.

What do you like about yourself?

My chauvinism.

What do you hate about yourself?

My modesty.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In Sorrento.