The Lawyer Inquiry: Danielle Kingdon

Danielle Kingdon was born in London on 2 August 1965. She is currently an associate at Osborne Clarke, based in its London office, and will be a partner from 1 May.

What was your first job?

Child actress – I was Laura Ingalls in The Little House on the Prairie.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Married well.

Which law could you live without?

All the unnecessary intricacies of maternity-related legislation.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Attending a judge in chambers, Chancery Division, and having to disguise my smirks as my opposing solicitor (to the evident amusement of the judge) mispronounced the Welsh Christian name Myfanwy as "My fanny".

What car do you drive?

Mazda MX

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Quentin Tarantino.

Where would you go to eat?

The Waterside at Bray.

What's the best thing on TV?

Harry Enfield and Chums.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

One Million Years BC – clad in rabbit skins a la Raquel Welch.

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

My lucky Union Jack knickers, as worn at all my most important tribunal hearings.

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

Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh, Time's Arrow by Martin Amis and Viz: The Dog's Bollocks.

What is your all-time favourite record?

It's a close call between Wonderwall by Oasis and Crazy Horses by the Osmonds.

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

A little bit of charm goes a long way.

What do you like about yourself?

My puerile sense of humour.

What do you hate about yourself?

My inability to pronounce 'somnambulist' and 'automaton'.

Where would you most like to be right now?