The Lawyer Inquiry: Kevin Feeney

Kevin Feeney is a trainee solicitor at Linklaters & Paines. Born in Newry, Co Down, Northern Ireland, in 1964, he now lives in London.

What was your first job?

A tea boy on a reservoir construction project in Ireland.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

I would have remained a consulting engineer.

Which law could you happily live without?

The Perpetuities and Accumulations Act 1964. Was it really meant to apply to commercial transactions?

What car do you drive?

A temperamental 1972 MGB Roadster.

Who inspires you?

The people I work with.

What's the best thing on TV?

The Guinness advert.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

'A Fish Called Wanda'.

What makes you seethe?


What's your most-worn piece of clothing?

My multi-functional tracksuit bottoms.

What is the worst piece of architecture?

The new British Library, 1960s architecture built in the 1980s.

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

'A Prayer for Owen Meanie'- John Irving, 'Borstal Boy' – Brendan Behan and 'The Handmaid's Tale' – Margaret Atwood.

What is your all-time favourite record?

'Bat out of Hell' by Meatloaf.

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

Remain an individual and don't take it all too seriously.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In the sequel to the movie that I wish I'd appeared in.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

Armed with some good experience and working for Linklaters & Paines in a sunnier climate.