The Lawyer Inquiry: Mark Blyth was born in Woking in 1965. He is head of the pensions litigation group at Linklaters & Alliance.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?


What was your first job?

Milkman's "runner".

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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


What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Setting up the pensions litigation group at Linklaters.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Accidentally knocking myself unconscious en route to a meeting.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Being cornered at parties for advice on road traffic offences (a subject I know nothing about).

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

The satisfaction of winning.

What annoys you most about clients?


Who do you most admire, and why?

Lord Denning – an outstanding judge.

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

Attila the Hun – "alternative" dispute resolution would be no problem.

What is your most annoying habit?

My wife keeps a type-written list of her top 10.

What's your biggest fear?

Unstable cliff edges.

How do you relax?


What is your most precious possession?

My collection of tropical and exotic plants.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

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

In the mirror.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 467