The Lawyer Inquiry: Domenic Pini

What was your first job?

Clearing plates in my father's restaurant.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£4,000 as a barrister in my first year of practice.

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

Researcher on South East Asia for the Lonely Planet Guide.

Which law could you live without?

Any law which restricts public access to open spaces.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being told by a judge that I could not appear before him because I wasn't wearing a waistcoat.

What car do you drive?

A 15-year-old Golf GTi.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Isabella Rossellini.

Where would you go to eat?

Il Buongustaio, in Putney.

What's the best thing on TV?

Nothing, although Northern Exposure was very good.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

A Night in Casablanca with the Marx Brothers.

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

An orange and white sarong purchased in Penekolan, Bali.

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

Buddhist Scriptures by Edward Conze and Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Deja Vu by Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

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

Work is a means not an end. Keep broad outside interests.

What do you like about yourself?

Sense of humour.

What do you hate about yourself?

Indecision, although I'm not sure.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Cycling in Vietnam.