The Lawyer Inquiry: Anna Ciffolilli

Anna Ciffolilli was born in Perth, Australia, on 15 August 1961. In a varied career she has worked at the Australian Securities Commission and, most recently, the Fisheries Department. She has given up the high life (for a while) and is currently travelling the world.

What was your first job?

Shop assistant at Walsh's [a menswear store].

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Become an astronomer.

Which law could you live without?

Most of the rules of evidence.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

My first time in chambers. After sweating over the file, I was asked a rather simple question, "Has the respondent been served?" – I didn't know.

What car do you drive?

None at the moment.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Sam Shephard.

Where would you go to eat?

Doyle's seafood restaurant, Sydney.

What's the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

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

My coat.

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

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

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

Have your head examined.

What do you like about yourself?

My eternal optimism.

What do you hate about yourself?

My punctuality.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In Venice (and I will be next week).