The Lawyer Inquiry: David Collins

David Collins was born in London in 1965. He is currently a partner at Paisner & Co.

What was your first job?

Baby clothes model.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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


What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Drinking a bottle of champagne at a completion meeting.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Realising at the same meeting that I can't hold my drink.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The hours.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

The joy it brings to my mother.

Who do you admire most, and why?

My wife – for her courage in marrying me.

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

The mythical creature who pays fees by return.

Which web site do you visit the most?

That's between me and my mouse.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

What food or drink can't you live without?


What's your favourite restaurant?

L'Aventure, St John's Wood.

And your favourite watering hole?

Any place that stocks Jack Daniels.

How do you relax?

Take the children out for a walk (we haven't got a dog).

What is your most precious possession?

Nine-tenths of the law.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Bird Island (Seychelles).

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

Trying to come to terms with the male menopause.