The evidence: The barrister's desk
"When you first become a tenant in chambers, you have to buy your own desk (1). I found this for pounds 150, which was a bit of a bargain. You get a wig box (2) when you graduate, I've had mine for nine years. I tend to do all my typing at home on my computer, so the typewriter (3) is just for letters and urgent things. The pink ribbon on the briefs (4) means it's a defence case, white means it's prosecution. I hope the names aren't legible or I'll be getting calls from offenders' mothers. The book (5) is Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, which I found on my Dad's bookshelves. The letter (6) is to someone applying to chambers, it's really difficult at the moment, there are more people wanting to enter the profession than there are practising barristers. As for the tidy-desk, tidy-mind thing, I don't believe a tidy mind allows any lateral thinking. It's not usually this tidy." Interview by Aoife O'Riordain
Photograph by Adrian Fisk
Life & Style blogs
Plus London's buy-to-let hotspots and a new property portal
Guest post by Richard Sexton, business development director of e.surv chartered surveyors
Plus lateral thinking and living on London's waterways
- 1 What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers
- 2 'Something passed underneath us, quite close': Airbus A320 has close encounter with UFO
- 3 Rocky Horror star Tim Curry 'suffers major stroke'
- 4 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
- 5 Exclusive: Woolwich killings suspect Michael Adebolajo was inspired by cleric banned from UK after urging followers to behead enemies of Islam
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.