The Lawyer Inquiry: Danny Preiskel

Danny Preiskel was born in London on 7 November 1965. He is now a senior assistant solicitor with London firm Rakisons.

What was your first job?

A summer job packing books at a publishing house.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£16,000 (SJ Berwin & Co).

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

Not making the grade to play for Arsenal, I would have worked as a telecoms analyst in an investment bank.

Which law could you live without?

Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 (hopefully soon to be abolished).

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Waking in the middle of the night to realise that I may have mistakenly locked two of SJ Berwin's Japanese clients in the underground car park at the Brussels office after a late night meeting.

What car do you drive?

Nissan 200 SX.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Emmanuelle Beart.

Where would you go to eat?

Her place.

What's the best thing on TV?

They Think It's All Over and Seinfeld.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Some Like It Hot.

What's your most often worn piece of clothing?

My white Gap T-shirt.

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

A Cold Snap by Thom Jones and Isabel Allende's The Infinite Plan.

What is your all-time favourite record?

The Girl from Ipanema.

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

Have a plan B.

What do you like about yourself?

Adaptability to different situations and people.

What do you hate about yourself?

My inability to work out where my salary disappears.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On the beach at Ipanema.