The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Cole

Peter Cole is national managing partner at Eversheds. Born in Axminster, Devon, in 1942, he now lives in Edale, Derbyshire.

What was your first job?

Pebble picker.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£10 per week.

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

Become a very good pebble picker.

Which law could you live without?

Parkinson's Law.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Too embarrassing to say.

What car do you drive?

BMW 750i.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Greta Scacchi.

Where would you go to eat?

Checco Il Carretiere, Rome.

What's the best thing on TV?

Re-runs of Chelsea's victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

911/22 Weeks.

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

Green wellies.

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

Writing Home, Alan Bennett.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Smoke gets in your eyes.

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

Beware accountants bearing gifts.

What do you like about yourself?

My uncanny resemblance to Ruud Gullit in full flow and my vivid imagination.

What do you hate about yourself?

My expanding waistline.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Todi, Umbria.