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Richard Tyler, head of corporate and commercial, Mishcon de Reya
What was your first-ever job? House painting.
What was your worst experience as a trainee? Another trainee and I had to write up a Partners v Staff cricket match report to circulate to the firm. At the game we both saw one of the married partners sneak off with one of the assistants and foolishly decided that it would be fun to include this piece of news in the report. The following day I was hauled into his office and received the biggest reprimand of my career.
Where's the best place to go if you want to find out what's really going on in the office? The Overdraft pub in Holborn, or generally mixing with the trainees, who seem to know everything that goes on.
What time do you usually leave the office? Around 9pm.
What do you do at weekends? What I'm told. Plus fitting in regular Sunday afternoon football matches with my kids' teams.
What's your favourite restaurant? Sumosan in London - it's as good as Nobu but slightly cheaper.
If you weren't a lawyer, what would you have been? A property developer.
Who was your mentor or role model? Charles Corman at Titmuss Sainer.
What's the best thing about your job? I still love the adrenaline rush I get when we close a big deal.
What's the toughest thing about your job? Juggling the responsibility as head of the corporate and commercial department with the pressure of dealing with a busy caseload.
What's your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it? Not going to the University of Chicago to do a post-grad degree. Lesson learnt? Don't rush into starting work.
What car(s) do you drive? Audi A4 Convertible.
What book are you currently reading? A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
What's on your CD player at the moment? Hopes and Fears by Keane.
What's your favourite children's book? The Asterix series.