Danny Davis: Mishcon de Reya

What do you do at weekends?
Perform stand-up comedy.


Danny Davis: <a class=Mishcon de Reya” />What was your first-ever job?
Working in the greatest bookshop in the world.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Being asked to step out onto the street, jackets off, to discuss the outcome of a time summons by an opponent who was at least seven or eight inches taller than me.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The women’s toilets.

What time do you usually leave the office?
It depends on which partner I’m gossiping with.

What do you do at weekends?
Perform stand-up comedy.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Chamomile in Belsize Park, London.

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

Who’s your hero and why?
Billy Bonds – he looked like a pirate.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The people I work with, who are like family.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The people I work with, who are like family. What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?I couldn’t say, but I learnt not to talk about it.

What car do you drive?
A 22-year-old BMW.

What book are you currently reading?
The Ghost by Robert Harris.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Silly Games by Janet Kay.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
What do people do all day? by Richard Scarry.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
The words ‘deal’ or ‘case’ do not fit well with ‘exciting’. I am lucky to work on some challenging cases at Mishcon de Reya, let’s put it that way.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
Kate Silverton and my iPod.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
No comment.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
About an hour.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Bob Hoskins, because, sadly, I look like Bob Hoskins.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Fatty Arbuckle, for obvious reasons.

Name: Danny Davis
Firm: Mishcon de Reya
Title: Partner
Lives: London
Work history: 1990-95: Wilde & Partners
1995-2000: Barnett Alexander Chart
2000-present: Mishcon de Reya