The Lawyer Inquiry: Barry Glazier

Barry Glazier was born in 1941 in Sussex. He is managing partner at Lester Aldridge.

What was your first job?

Lorry driver for a wholesale florists.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£7 per week.

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

Market gardening.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Significant London-based clients following me when I left to practise in Bournemouth.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Tearing up the will of my client's mother – mother had just died but mother and daughter had exactly the same names.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Dealing with other lawyers who pontificate over minor details and fail to grasp the commercial realities facing my clients and their clients.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Saving tax.

Who do you admire most, and why?

The late Bishop Trevor Huddleston – a man of overwhelming saintliness – for his courage in opposing apartheid while ministering in South Africa.

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

Napoleon Bonaparte – so that the English common law rather than the Code Napoleon would have applied throughout Europe.

Which Web site do you visit the most?

The Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race site:

What is your all-time favourite record?

The recording of Puccini's La Boheme, sung by Pavarotti and Freni.

What is your all-time favourite book?

David Maister's True Professionalism.

What food or drink can't you live without?

English beef and Scotch malt whisky.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Piccolo Mondo in Wimborne, Dorset – noisy and amazingly friendly.

And your favourite watering hole?

White Hart, Wimborne – next to my house.

How do you relax?

Gardening and listening to my wife and four daughters.

What is your most precious possession?

My wife and four daughters.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On a yacht at anchor off Arne in Poole Harbour.

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

Market gardening, following my retirement from legal practice – and hopefully not pushing up the daisies!