The Lawyer Inquiry: Roger Woolfe

Roger Woolfe, appointed senior partner at London firm Collyer-Bristow at the end of last year, was born in Nottingham in 1946.

He now lives "in the middle of nowhere", near Tenterden, Kent.

What was your first job?

Christmas temp with the Post office. Two hours delivering letters and 10 hours in the canteen clocking up overtime.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u10 per week at Collyer-Bristow – and I was refused an increase.

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

Appeared as Siegfried at Bayreuth.

Which law could you happily live without?

The law of diminishing returns.

What car do you drive?

A Wartburg, and at weekends a C5.

Who inspires you?

The Queen Mother, who else?

What's the best thing on TV?

The off button.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Wallace and Gromit's 'The Wrong Trousers'.

What makes you seethe?

People who take life seriously.

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

Plus fours.

What is the worst piece of architecture?


What book are you reading at the moment?

Viz's 'Top Tips' and, for fun, 'Partnership Tax Planning for Solicitors'.

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

Have your pre-frontal lobotomy first.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In Tuscany watching fireworks on the night of the Assumption.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

Chief executive of a property company benevolently improving the environment.