The Lawyer Inquiry: Simon Chandler

Simon Chandler was born in Bristol on 6 April 1962. He is an assistant solicitor in the insurance litigation department at Cameron McKenna's Bristol office.

What was your first job?

Paper boy, without a bike.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£45 per day as an outdoor clerk in Lincoln's Inn.

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

I would still be in the Army, digging holes and filling them in again.

Which law could you live without?

The one that means you slice yourself shaving and get blood on the collar of your last clean shirt on the morning of an important meeting.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

As an enthusiastic platoon commander leading my first patrol in Northern Ireland I jumped out of a helicopter, tripped and fell headlong into a fresh cowpat.

What car do you drive?

I commute, off-road, by mountain bike or on foot. My wife drives me at weekends.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?


Where would you go to eat?

A camp fire of his choice.

What's the best thing on TV?

Any Test Match accompanied by Radio 4's ball by ball commentary.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?


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

Running shoes.

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

Just finished My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness and about to re-read Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.

What is your all-time favourite record?

In the Summertime by The Kinks.

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

Keep a spare shirt in the office (see answer above).

What do you like about yourself?

Atenttion to detail [sic].

What do you hate about yourself?

Trying to get home for little one's bath time and only making it 50 per cent of the time.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On top of a high mountain watching the sun come up.