The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Susskind

Richard Susskind was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 28 March 1961. He now lives in Hertfordshire and is special adviser at Masons.

What was your first job?

Selling ice-cream in a Baskin Robbins shop in Glasgow.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

As a law student in 1979, I averaged £3 per hour, taking precognitions for criminal cases in Scotland.

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

Become a novelist.

Which law could you live without?

The Latent Damage Act, 1986.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Sending an entirely inappropriate electronic mail message to the wrong recipient.

What car do you drive?


Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Rebecca de Mornay.

Where would you go to eat?

Pied a Terre.

What's the best thing on TV?

BBC's coverage of track and field athletics.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Chariots of Fire.

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

Brooks running shoes.

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

To the Hilt by Dick Francis, The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams, Megatrends Asia by John Naisbitt.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Hotel California by The Eagles.

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

Immerse yourself in information technology.

What do you like about yourself?

My general optimism.

What do you hate about yourself?

My middle name.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Ross Priory, Loch Lomond.