What subject(s) did you fail at school?
Physics, chemistry and biology – to my continuing regret.
What was your first job?
Working on a soft drinks bottling production line.
What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?
u7 per week.
What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer?
I turned down a job as a dustbin man when I was offered articles. I’ve often wondered…
What was your most satisfying professional moment?
Hearing the Court of Appeal quashing the conviction of Stefan Kiszko.
What was your most embarrassing professional moment?
Realising one busy morning at court that I was wearing odd shoes.
What do you least like about being a lawyer?
Drowning in paper when it is not chargeable.
And the best thing about being a lawyer?
Getting the right result when the stakes are high.
What annoys you most about clients?
Very little. Where would we be without them?
Who do you most admire, and why?
The families who fight for years in the face of hostility to clear the name of a loved one they believe to be innocent.
Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?
Dreyfus – a classic miscarriage of justice.
What is your most annoying habit?
Reading the paper while my wife is talking to me (apparently!)
What’s your biggest fear?
That future changes in the funding of the profession will make it practically impossible to function as an independent defence lawyer.
How do you relax?
Talking to my hens, cooking pasta.
What is your most precious possession?
The CD player in the car – I love music and do a lot of driving.
Where would you most like to be right now?
Definitely visiting my daughter in her new house in the Cayman Islands.
In 10 years’ time, where do you see yourself?
Backpacking in the Scottish Highlands.
To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 4614