The Lawyer Inquiry: Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey was born in Hertfordshire in 1951. He was articled in Leeds, qualified in

1976 and is currently a senior litigation partner with Dickinson Dees in Newcastle.

What was your first job?

Night porter in a home for the traumatically disabled.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£700 a year as an articled clerk in Leeds 1974.

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

Directed opera or written detective novels.

Which law could you live without?

All those I have never yet discovered exist.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Finding out in the course of my first ever appearance in the County Court that all the "squatters" whom I was evicting for my client had long-standing rent books. It was so disastrous that even the judge laughed.

What car do you drive?

A Vauxhall Calibra

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Opera diva, Marilyn Horne.

Where would you go to eat?

Michel Chabran, Pont de l'Isere, Southern France.

What's the best thing on TV?

The Long Johns.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead.

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

Black cotton socks.

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

The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke and Imaginings of Sand by Andre Brink

What is your all-time favourite record?

Puccini's Vissi d'arte sung by Montserrat Caballe or Ella Fitzgerald singing Every Time We Say Goodbye

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

You can live on interest, but you should always act on principle.

What do you like about yourself?

My tenacity.

What do you hate about yourself?

The fact that I find easy-assembly furniture anything but.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Lombok, Indonesia, with my wife.