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On the Couch
3 December, 2009  
David Williams

We wrestled the hyperactive David Williams SC onto Justinian’s couch … The man from 9 Wentworth who slayed ASIC on behalf of Jodee Rich reveals his greatest talent and his most disturbing personal obsession


Describe yourself in three words.
imageOptimist, realist, hedonist.

What are you currently reading?
Fiction – “Rich Kids” by Paul Barry.

What’s your favourite film?
The Reader.”

Who has been the most influential person in your life?
My father. Upon retirement he decided that being a barrister looked much easier than his work of a lifetime. So he became one. I had the rare pleasure of moving his admission.

What occupation would you like to have, if you weren’t a barrister?
Rockstar? – but see below.

What is your favourite piece of music?
Throw Your Arms Around Me” (Hunters & Collectors) and “Viva La Vida” (Coldplay) – both of which can be belted out by people with a lousy voice.

What is your most recognised talent?
Lunch.

What is your greatest fear?
Missing out.

What words or phrases do you overuse?
I think we are at cross-purposes, Your Honour.”

What is your greatest regret?
Not taking more holidays.

Whom do you envy and why?
People at the beach on weekdays.

What is your most disturbing personal obsession?
Early morning exercise balanced by the 3pm raid on the lolly jar.

What’s your most glamorous feature?
My belly button.

If you were a foodstuff, what would you be?
A sherbie or a grape.

What human quality do you most distrust?
Pomposity.

What would you change about Australia?
The fear of boat people. Australia needs people of initiative, determination and resourcefulness. I don’t think that a person waiting in a queue is inherently more worthy one who spent weeks or months on a leaky boat.

Whom or what do you consider overrated?
Sleep.

How would you like to die?
Happy.

What would your epitaph say?
Lived well.”

What comes into your mind when you shut your eyes and think of the word “law”?
The scales of justice.