The Lawyer Inquiry: John Abramson

John Abramson was born in Johannesburg on 9 August 1961. He lives in Essex and is an associate at Warner Cranston. He is also chairman of the Whittington Committee of the City of London Solicitors' Company.

What was your first job?

Gopher in a recording studio.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£75 per week as a vacation student in a City firm.

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

Conducted orchestras.

Which law could you live without?

Sod's Law.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Missing a flight to a client meeting because I had forgotten to put my clocks forward.

What car do you drive?

My wife's jeep.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Phoebe from Friends.

Where would you go to eat?

The Waterfront in Cape Town.

What's the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Some Like It Hot.

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


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

Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, Humphrey Burton's biography of Leonard Bernstein, The Grumpalump (to my son).

What is your all-time favourite record?

My brother's recording of the Rachmaninov cello sonata.

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

Consider becoming a doctor.

What do you like about yourself?

My unswerving conviction that my two-year-old son will, one day, play for the Springboks.

What do you hate about yourself?

Nothing, really.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Over the moon.