The Lawyer Inquiry: James Hunt

James Hunt QC was born in Coalville, Leicester in 1943. He heads The Chambers of James Hunt QC, which won The Lawyer/HIFAL Chambers of the Year award last week.

What was your first job?


What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Three Pounds, four shillings and sixpence (brief fee).

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

Sung opera.

What was you most satisfying professional moment?

The conclusion of the trial of Beverley Allitt, when both the jury and the parents shook all the barristers involved by the hand.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

When a client disclosed to the court the very robust advice I had given him in conference.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Working 18 hours a day and being given stick by politicians.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?


Who do you admire most, and why?

My family – for putting up with me.

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

Shakespeare – because I could then take the credit for the great speeches he would write.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Mozart's Requiem.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.

What food or drink can't you live without?


What's your favourite restaurant?

Hambleton Court, Rutland.

And your favourite watering hole?

My village pub.

How do you relax?

As above.

What is your most precious possession?


Where would you most like to be right now?

Where I am.

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

Wherever I want to be.