The Lawyer Inquiry: Declan Black

Declan Black was born in Dublin in 1967. He is a Senior Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors in Dublin.

What was your first job?

Ice cream factory operative.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

IR£4,800.

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

Had a better lifestyle.

Which law could you live without?

Nuts (other than Ground Nuts) Order, 1946.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being told "I can see your halo now" by the Master of the High Court during a particularly pious explanation of a client's default.

What car do you drive?

Nissan Primera.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Can't decide between Jenny McCarthy and Hilary Clinton.

Where would you go to eat?

South West France.

What's the best thing on TV?

Rugby on the rare occasions that Ireland win.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Jungle Book.

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

My current favourite tie.

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

Ireland Since the Famine by FSL Lyons.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Verdi's Requiem.

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

Work hard, play hard, retire early.

What do you like about yourself?

That I still play football.

What do you hate about yourself?

That I'm so poor in front of goal.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Fly-fishing on Lough Corrib.