The Lawyer Inquiry: Catherine Reed

Catherine Reed is a trainee at Denton Hall. Before training as a lawyer she worked at the BBC World Service.

What was your first job?

Radio production assistant

What was your first-ever salary as a lawyer?

£11,000 before I started my articles.

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

A radio journalist, preferably presenter of Desert Island Discs.

Which law could you live without?

The outdated licensing laws.

What car do you drive?

Somebody else's.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

My professional career as a lawyer has been too short to have any.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Daniel Day Lewis.

Where would you go to eat?

Somewhere where we would be photographed.

What's the best thing on TV?

The Wild West documentary series and wildlife programmes.

Which movie do you wish you had appeared in?


What is your most often-worn piece of clothing?

My jeans.

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

'A prayer for Owen Meany', by John Irvine and 'The Barchester Chronicles' by Trollope.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Elgar's Cello Concerto.

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

Don't go to law school before you've secured a training contract.

What do you like about yourself?

The fact that I listen to what other people have to say.

What do you hate about yourself?

Nothing that I would want to be published.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On top of Mount Kilimanjaro.