The Lawyer Inquiry: Duncan Black

Duncan Black was born in 1962 in New York city. He is a litigation partner at Titmuss Sainer Dechert and co-authored the practitioners' guide, Enforcement of a Judgment, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

What was your first job?

Sweeping up at CBS Records, Ladbroke Grove, London.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£7,500 per annum.

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

Been an architect.

What was you most satisfying professional moment?

Winning £150,000 compensation from Sheffield Wednesday FC following David Pleat's departure from Luton Town FC.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Meeting substitute counsel in court at 10 o'clock on Monday morning with my client. My substitute counsel was drunk.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?


And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Snatching success from adversity

Who do you admire most, and why?

Junior hospital doctors, for their dedication and altruism.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Pamela Harriman; with such a busy life, no doubt she would have had considerable need for my services.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Duke Ellington's Bal Masque.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Leaven of Malice by Robertson Davies.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Perrier Jouet champagne.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Euphorism, Islington.

And your favourite watering hole?

The Camden Head, Islington.

How do you relax?


What is your most precious possession?

The coffee machine.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Taychreggan, Loch Awe.

In ten years time, where do you see yourself?