The Lawyer Inquiry: Moni Mannings

Born in London in 1963, Moni Mannings was called to the Bar in 1984 and requalified as a solicitor in 1988. She is a senior assistant in the banking and capital markets department at Simmons & Simmons.

What was your first job?

Manning the school secretary's phone during lunchtime, two days a week, aged 10.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£13,500 pa.

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

Anything that paid me to read 20th century literature, particularly non-fiction.

Which law could you live without?

Sod's law.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

While a pupil barrister, calling the magistrate "your lordship" throughout the course of the 20-minute hearing.

What car do you drive?

Black Range Rover.

Which famous person would you like to spend an evening with?

Robin Williams.

Where would you go to eat?

La Tante Clair.

What's the best thing on TV?

Nothing much, but Floyd on Italy is very entertaining.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Houseboat with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren.

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

Pink silk shirt for the office; black stretch jeans off-duty.

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

Women who Run with the Wolves – Contacting the power of Wild Woman by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Blue by Joni Mitchell.

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

Keep your sense of humour and sense of perspective.

What do you like about yourself?

My trustworthiness and loyalty.

What do you hate about yourself?

My poor eyesight.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On a beach in Barbados with my husband and daughters.