The Lawyer Inquiry: Peter Cooke

Peter Cooke is head of the employment department at Theodore Goddard. Born in London in 1948, he still lives in the city. He established the department in 1984 after six years as legal adviser to the Engineering Employers Federation.

What was your first job?

Marquee erector.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£1,500 pa.

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

Electrical engineer – which I started out as.

Which law could you live without?

Ohm's Law (see above).

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

My debut in the County Court in a squatters action: the judge surveyed the vast pile of books in front of me and enquired whether we were in fact engaged in a contested libel case.

What car do you drive?

Toyota Previa.

Which famous person would you like to spend an evening with?

Joanna Lumley.

Where would you go to eat?

The First and Last, Alderney

What's the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

'Play Misty for Me'.

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

A cord jacket.

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

'The Double Tongue' – William Golding; 'Four Caroline Portraits'- AL Rowse.

What is your all-time favourite record?

'The Harlem Shuffle', Bob and Earl.

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

You should have read computer science at university.

What do you like about yourself?

Still believing that hope can triumph over experience.

What do you hate about yourself?

Losing the battle against middle-aged spread.

Where would you most like to be right now?