The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

Phillip Taylor was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire in 1954. He is head of chambers at Richmond Green Chambers.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?


What was your first job?

Petrol pump attendant.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

None. I've always been self-employed as a barrister.

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


What was your most satisfying professional moment?

When my client first learnt how to tell the time with his new watch.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

My wig falling off when I had just lost an appeal.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The List Office.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Wearing fancy dress.

What annoys you most about clients?

Their complete inability to see failure staring them in the face.

Who do you most admire, and why?

Lord Denning OM – the greatest 20th century judge.

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

Jesus – he still has the best defence.

What is your most annoying habit?

Being polite to judges.

What's your biggest fear?

Lady barristers.

How do you relax?

Downhill skiing.

What is your most precious possession?

My laptop.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Climbing Mount Everest.

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

The next Conservative attorney general.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 4614