The Lawyer Inquiry: Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards was born in London in 1955. He is a partner and head of the property department at Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?

Nothing academic, but I was terrible at PE.

What was your first job?

Cleaning offices in beautiful downtown Croydon during school holidays.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u1,200 pa.

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

Played centre forward for Crystal Palace as they dominated European football during the 1970s.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Becoming a partner in Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Losing a bank draft on the way to a completion during articles.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The tension between professionalism and being a businessman in a service industry.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Not much risk of industrial injury.

What annoys you most about clients?

Tendency to set unrealistic/unnecessary deadlines.

Who do you most admire, and why?

Nick Hornby for making a fortune out of Fever Pitch – a book that many people of my acquaintance might have written.

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

Queen Victoria, for her large and expanding property portfolio.

What is your most annoying habit?

Feigning ignorance of popular culture.

What is your biggest fear?

Bad things befalling my children.

How do you relax?

Swimming at the RAC, cycling around Richmond Park, watching Crystal Palace.

What is your most precious possession?

Certain memories (all my physical possessions are replaceable).

Where would you most like to be right now?

With my family by the pool at the Hyatt Macau.

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

Still in front of my computer, unfortunately.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 461