The Lawyer Inquiry: Eduardo Ustaran

Eduardo Ustaran was born in 1969 in Vitoria, Spain. He is a UK and Spanish-qualified lawyer and a solicitor with Paisner & Co.

What was your first job?

Basketball coach.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£5,000 for a six-month contract.

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

Become a professional triathlete.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Requalifying as an English solicitor.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Being shouted at by a client after leaving a hot teapot on an antique table at his house.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Missing a fast train home by less than a minute.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

It is intellectually challenging.

Who do you admire most, and why?

Cherie Booth, for being the quintessential 90s professional.

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

Microsoft head Bill Gates – for the never-ending instructions.

Which Web site do you visit the most?

The Spanish newspaper El Pais at

What is your all-time favourite record?

Tattoo You by the Rolling Stones.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Jonathan livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Homemade pasta.

What's your favourite restaurant?

El Portalon, Vitoria, Spain – the place where my family have held all their celebrations since I can remember.

And your favourite watering hole?

La Palapa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – it serves great daiquiris to match the location.

How do you relax?

By going for a stroll with my wife.

What is your most precious possession?

My wedding ring.

Where would you most like to be right now?

At the beginning of my holiday record card.

In ten years' time, where do you see yourself?

Pioneering the next generation of "virtual" legal services.