The Lawyer Inquiry: Duncan Walls

Duncan Walls was born in Victoria, Australia in 1943 and currently lives in Guildford, Surrey. He was the managing partner of Allens Arthur Robinson's London office, which closed this summer. He now works as a consultant.

What was your first job?

General hand in a building supplies yard, but I was sacked for dropping a hammer on the boss's foot.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£1 17 6. Years later I discovered the going rate was much higher.

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

A spin doctor to ensure my talents weren't wasted completely.

Which law could you live without?

Every law that spoonfeeds society.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Where to start?

What car do you drive?

Pass – it says too much about me.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Alan Partridge.

Where would you go to eat?

Any Conran restaurant.

What's the best thing on TV?

Cracker, I'm Alan Partridge.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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

A battered barbour jacket.

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

Highlanders – A History of the Gaels by John Macleod and Charity by Len Deighton.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Graceland by Paul Simon. In You can call me Al Simon sings my motto – "I want a shot at redemption".

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

Nil illegitamus carborundum.

What do you like about yourself?

I've survived.

What do you hate about yourself?


Where would you most like to be right now?

Any work-free zone.