The work-life quiz

James Davies, co-head of employment and incentives, Lewis Silkin

What was your first-ever job?

Counting wine bottles in a wine bar.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Only having four weeks holiday per year.

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

Not sure; I’ve yet to find out as I’m often the last to know about what’s really happening.

What time do you usually leave the office?

Between 7pm and 8pm.

What do you do at weekends?

Keep track of Glamorgan cricket scores while clearing undergrowth at my family home in France.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Michel Bras in France.

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

Maybe something in the travel industry.

Who was your mentor or role model?

Jane Mann – now at Fox Williams – kindled my interest in employment law at what was then Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people I work with.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Trying to juggle successfully client work, management, business development and so on.

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

One thing I learnt early on was never to pretend to understand when you don’t.

What car(s) do you drive?

I don’t drive much, but I own a VW Beetle and a 30-year-old Peugeot 504.

What book are you currently reading?

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

One of my wife’s CDs – the highlights of the Wales Rugby Grand Slam is on my DVD, though.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore.