The Lawyer Inquiry: Martin Quinn was born in Perth, Australia in 1961. He is a solicitor with Roythorne & Co in Lincolnshire.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?

Music (according to my school report "not his subject").

What was your first job?

Newspaper delivery boy.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

NZ$10,000 (in New Zealand we had the minimum wage before it was even a twinkle in Tony Blair's eye).

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

Rock journalist.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

There have been so many…

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Arriving late for court but in time to hear the judge delivering judgment against me.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?


And the best thing about being a lawyer?


What annoys you most about clients?

The ones who forget who is the client and who is the solicitor.

Who do you most admire, and why?

Richard Branson for his inventiveness and principled approach towards business success (railways and balloons aside).

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

OJ Simpson, as I have a talent for "creative defences".

What is your most annoying habit?

I can't remember…Oh! I know, forgetfulness.

What's your biggest fear?

Fear itself.

How do you relax?


What is your most precious possession?

My hi-fi.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Pakiri Beach, North of Auckland, New Zealand.

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

The ultimate answer to the ultimate question which as everybody knows is 42.

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