The Lawyer Inquiry: Lilia Bylos

Lilia Bylos was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an assistant solicitor at Dewey Ballantine and specialises in project finance.

What was your first job?

Shoe assistant in a department store.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£18,000.

What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?

Photographer/artist.

Which law could you live without?

Financial Services Act.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Having the glass revolving door (at the courts) hit me from behind (while I was bending down to pick up fallen documents) and then rotating in the opposite direction and hitting me on the forehead (while I was in the same position).

What car do you drive?

Austin Metro.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Nelson Mandela.

Where would you go to eat?

My mother’s home.

What’s the best thing on TV?

Friends.

Which movie do you wish you’d appeared in?

Dr Zhivago.

What’s your most often-worn piece of clothing?

My overcoat.

What book(s) are you reading at the moment?

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Brahms: Hungarian Dances and Eartha Kitt: Eartha Kitt.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?

Maintain perspective.

What do you like about yourself?

I do not take myself too seriously.

What do you hate about yourself?

My temper.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Winter: in my darkroom. Summer: villa on Ithaka.