The Lawyer Inquiry: Derek Pyle

Derek Pyle is a litigation partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson WS, based in Edinburgh. He was born in Cambridge.

What was your first job?


What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£860 a year.

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

Unemployed poet.

Which law could you live without?

Treaty of Union.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

First appearance in the now-defunct Small Debt Court.

What car do you drive?

Fiat Cinquecento or Jaguar XJ6 (depending on my wife's daily requirements).

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Demi Moore.

Where would you go to eat?

Chateau de la Motte Fenelon, Cambrais, France.

What's the best thing on TV?

Repeats of Brian Moore's face at the end of the 1990 Calcutta Cup match.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Inherit the Wind (Spencer Tracy's part).

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

Golf glove.

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

Yes Minister, volume 3.

What is your all-time favourite record?

An inaudible version of Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

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

Stick to buying lottery tickets – it's less of a gamble.

What do you like about yourself?

The tolerance to answer all these questions.

What do you hate about yourself?

My golf swing.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Isle of Mingulay, Outer Hebrides.