The Lawyer Inquiry: Grahame Stowe

Grahame Stowe was born in Leeds on 22 May 1949. He is now a partner at Grahame Stowe Bateson in Leeds.

What was your first job?

Selling sandwiches in Park Square, Leeds – like Nell Gwynn – from a wicker basket.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Qualified salary £2,600 per annum – in articles £10 per week.

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

Enjoyed life!

Which law could you live without?

Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1996.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Seeking an application for a youth in court. Pointing out that his father would stand surety, identifying the father who had just left hospital with a broken leg as "the man at the back of the court putting his hand on his crutch."

What car do you drive?

Mercedes 320.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Princess Diana.

Where would you go to eat?

Le Gavroche.

What's the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?


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

Navy suit (boring isn't it!)

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

Archbold (Criminal) Reference.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Felix Mandelssohn's Violin Concerto.

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

Besides don't, check your stress capacity first.

What do you like about yourself?

Consideration for others.

What do you hate about yourself?

Being selectively unsociable.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Buying this week's winning lottery ticket.