The Lawyer Inquiry: Sameer Tapia

Sameer Tapia was born in Bombay, India, in 1970. He is an advocate and an associate at Singhania & Co in London, a full-service international firm specialising in Indian law.

What was your first job?

Canvassing for an election campaign.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

Not worth remembering.

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

Joined politics.

Which law could you live without?

Murphy's Law.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Embarrassing enough not to be revealed.

What car do you drive?

Mercedes C220.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Brooke Shields.

Where would you go to eat?

Home… to my mother.

What's the best thing on TV?

Was Kavannah QC, now Friends.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

One of the James Bond films as 007.

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

My boxer shorts.

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

Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela's autobiography.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Anything by The Beatles.

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

Survival of the fittest.

What do you like about yourself?

My optimism.

What do you hate about yourself?

My handwriting.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Holidaying in Acapulco, Mexico.