The Lawyer Inquiry: Keate Jones

Kate Jones was born in Hitchin in 1970. She is a solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?


What was your first job?

Working in a garden centre at weekends.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u11,000 a year.

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

A professional show jumper or a travel programme presenter.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

My first ever criminal trial which I conducted myself. It lasted six hours – my client was found guilty but the decision was later overturned.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Taking my jacket off in front of a client to find I had put my shirt on inside out.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Most people assume you are rich and heartless.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

As a personal injury solicitor, being able to improve my client's situation by helping obtain rehabilitation treatment and setting out the necessary care programmes.

What annoys you most about clients?

There is no one annoying feature but quite often it's not getting the information I've requested.

Who do you most admire, and why?

The male doctors in ER! Seriously, David Attenborough for his fascination and knowledge about our planet.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Probably David Attenborough again, so that I could ask him about the Galapagos Islands before my visit in June.

What is your most annoying habit?

Subconsciously scratching my nose.

What is your biggest fear?

Being chased by a gaggle of geese.

How do you relax?

In the summer – gin and tonic in the garden. In the winter – gin and tonic in the bath.

What is your most precious possession?

My back pack and smelly sneakers.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On the beach in the South Pacific or on safari in Africa.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

Providing I win the lottery – running a third world community project.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 4614