The Lawyer Inquiry: Julian Knowles

Julian Knowles was born in Manchester on 26 January 1969. He is a barrister at 3 Raymond Buildings and specialises in criminal and human rights law.

What was your first job?

Selling duty free goods at Manchester airport for £2.34 per hour.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Being a barrister I don't get a salary, but my first fee note was a noting for my pupil master: £50 for half a day.

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

Coming from Manchester, I always fancied becoming a pop star.

Which law could you live without?

The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Falling asleep in court behind my pupil master.

What car do you drive?

I don't actually drive. I like public transport.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Helena Bonham-Carter.

Where would you go to eat?

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saison in Oxfordshire.

What's the best thing on TV?

Coronation Street and Men Behaving Badly.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Twelve Angry Men. Moody and heroic.

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


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

Therapy by David Lodge and The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Always on my Mind by the Pet Shop Boys.

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

Get used to hard work – the competition is tough.

What do you like about yourself?

I like to think that I don't take myself too seriously, although I suspect that some people might disagree.

What do you hate about yourself?

I have a terribly short attention span. I wish I could stop myself from switching off when someone's boring me.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On a beach, with no law books for 1,000 miles.