The Lawyer Inquiry: Nick Armstrong

Nick Armstrong was born in Durham in 1970. He is a trainee solicitor at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield and also chair of the Trainee Solicitors' Group.

What was your first job?

Child actor. I was Drew Barrymore's stunt double on E.T.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Become an international rock 'n' roll star.

Which law could you live without?

The Licensing Act 1964.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Asking Mark Stephens which newspaper he worked for.

What car do you drive?

Citro'n AX.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Eddie Izzard.

Where would you go to eat?


What's the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

I was cruelly passed over when they cast the lead in Ace Venturer: Pet Detective.

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

A long black cloak.

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

Rafi Zabor: The Bear Comes Home and Peter Ustinov: Autobiography.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones.

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

Ne'er cast a clout 'til May's out.

What do you like about yourself?

My lithe, athletic physique.

What do you hate about yourself?

Disappearing when I stand sideways on.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On the Law Society Council.