The Lawyer Inquiry: Barry Lewis

Barry Lewis was born in London in 1940. He is a partner at Edward Lewis, London.

What was your first job?

Solicitors articled clerk, closely followed by labourer at Chicago Worlds Fair 1960.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u2,000 a year.

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


What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Recovering a child in a kidnapping case after first instance and going to the Court of Appeal on the same day.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

When my father asked clients whether he or I should act for them after I had left his practice.

What do you like least about being a lawyer?


And the best thing about being a lawyer?


Who do you admire most, and why?

Betty Boothroyd, because she says what she thinks and gets away with it (at least since she became speaker of House of Commons).

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

Naomi Campbell, because she's unpredictable, bound to take my advice as she's too busy to argue and it will cheer me up just looking at her.

What character do you most resemble in Ally McBeal, and why?

Who is Ally McBeal?

What is your most annoying habit?

Not knowing the identity of Ally McBeal, and shouting at all and sundry.

How do you relax?

By sleeping.

What is your most precious possession?

My fountain pen and my wife.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On a golf course in the Caribbean or Spain.

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


What subject(s) did you fail at school?

Anything to do with the combined cadet force.

What annoys you most about clients?

Their existence.

What is your biggest fear?

Serious illness.