The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Woolf

Paul Woolf was born in Stoke Newington in 1950. He is a partner at Manches & Co.

What was your first job?

Packing and delivering shirts for Rael Brook.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

#5 per week gross.

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

A stand-up comic or a cricketer.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Being recognised as an expert entertainment lawyer.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being the only person in office one lunch time and having to deal with an alleged rape. I was 19, the girl was 18 and her mother had made it all up.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The occasional absence of justice.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Closing the deals.

Who do you admire most, and why?

Anyone who can put aside their own drama and look ahead positively.

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

Mel Brooks, so that I could ask him where his inspiration came from for my all-time favourite film The Producers.

Which web site do you visit the most?

What is your all-time favourite record?

Lullaby by Billy Joel.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Three Men in a Boat.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Sushi and tequila.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Any greasy spoon.

And your favourite watering hole?

Anywhere that sells tequila.

How do you relax?

Meditation… when I'm not laughing.

What is your most precious possession?

My blue ripped, faded and torn jeans.

Where would you most like to be right now?

A fly on the wall in the Brazilian football team's dressing room on the night of the World Cup final.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

God knows, I'm not sure where I am now.