Work-Life Quiz: Nick Braslavsky QC, Kings Chambers


What was your worst experience as a pupil?

Being asked by the judge in a jury trial – and in front of the jury – whether my cross-examination of the principal prosecution witness was going to get any better.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the chambers?

The clerk’s room or a file in my drawer entitled ‘For the Eyes of the Head of Chambers Only’.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Trishna (Indian) in London.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?


What’s your favourite film?

The French Connection.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Everything being a roller coaster – work levels, diary, witnesses (including experts), payment.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Self-determination and not filling in time sheets.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

I’m sure there have been many, but it would be better to ask others.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

I can’t remember from my own childhood. If my children had read any books I’d have some idea.

What car do you drive? 

Range Rover Evoque.

What book are you reading?

Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

Arguing in the House of Lords about the science of psychological injury and its impact on the law surrounding aviation incidents was pretty exciting – in hindsight.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?

Something on which to listen to music and my wife.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep? 

I’ve never worked through the night because, basically, I’ve never done anything sufficiently important. 

What is the worst work location you’ve attended and why?

The house of a catastrophically injured client whose wife began shouting at me because of my solicitor’s delay shortly before her two Jack Russell terriers began attacking me.


Name: Nick Braslavsky QC

Title: QC, recorder, deputy High Court judge

Chambers: Kings Chambers

Lives: Manchester


1972-76: High Pavement Grammar School, Nottingham

1976-1982: University of Birmingham 

Work history:

1983-2013: 460 Royal Exchange, which became 40 King Street, which became Kings Chambers