The Lawyer Inquiry: Chris Arnheim

Chris Arnheim was born in Edgware in London. He lives in Bromley is the founder of Arnheim & Co.

What was your first job?

Ground crew for the SAS (Scandinavian Airlines).

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£5,350 as a Freshfields trainee in 1982.

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

Become an accountant.

Which law could you live without?

Coles Law (or any type of white cabbage).

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Too many to mention.

What car do you drive?

The Alfa Romeo 164 Hammond Suddards bought me in 1991.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Helen Steel (McLibel defendant).

Where would you go to eat?


What's the best thing on TV?

The "off" switch.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

In The Firm playing Tom Cruise's role.

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

My M&S business suits.

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

Excession by Iain Banks.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen.

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

Get a life.

What do you like about yourself?

My unbridled optimism.

What do you hate about yourself?

Insisting on telling people things they don't want to hear.

Where would you most like to be right now?

I'm happy where I am.