The Lawyer Inquiry: Tim Daniel

Tim Daniel was born in the New Forest in 1946. He lives in Putney and is a partner in DJ Freeman where he heads the firm's public international law group. He is currently litigating at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

What was your first job?

Croupier, Palm Beach Casino, London.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£600 a year.

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


Which law could you live without?

Simony Act 1688.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Receiving a letter from a newly-wed couple saying that a house just conveyed to them was due for demolition the following week.

What car do you drive?

Any, as long as it's a Citroen.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Niccolo Machiavelli.

Where would you go to eat?

Most curry houses.

What's the best thing on TV?

Michael Palin's Full Circle.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Les Enfants Du Paradis (as Baptiste).

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

Boxer shorts.

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

Sleaze by David Leigh and Ed Vulliamy; Obscure Kingdoms – Journeys to Distant Royal Courts by Edward Fox.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Imagine by John Lennon.

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

Look at fund management.

What do you like about yourself?

My ability to tolerate my partners.

What do you hate about yourself?

My inability to play any musical instrument.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba, Zimbabwe.