Work Life Quiz: Nick Davis, Mishcon de Reya

Nick Davis

Nick Davis

What was your first-ever job?
Packing boxes at a ­wholesale warehouse.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Seeing the memorandum that I’d written fly past my ear.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? 
The Bountiful Cow or The Square Pig – ­establishments near our office.

What time do you usually leave the office? 
Around 7pm. 

What do you do at weekends? 
I run my own chauffeuring company for my three ­children, walk the dog and manage one of my sons’ football teams.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant? 
Nobu in Park Lane and Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Great ­Milton, ­Oxfordshire.  

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
I would have liked to have gone to film school, so a film producer/director.

What’s your favourite film? 
Once Upon a Time in America and Cinema ­Paradiso.

What was the first record you ever bought? 
A Trick of the Tail by ­Genesis.

Who’s your hero and why? 
Glenn Hoddle and my wife – I really do not know how she manages to run our household so well and work at the same time. 

What’s the best thing about your job? 
The people at Mishcon de Reya – it’s a fantastic place to work.

What’s the toughest thing about your job? 
Sometimes having to make and implement difficult decisions about people’s futures. 

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
I’ve made quite a few, ­especially with some of my choices of law firms at which to be a partner. I’ve definitely learnt from those choices and I’m now at the best place for me.

What car do you drive? 
Audi TT Coupe.

What book are you reading? 
The Lost: A Search for Six Out of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn.

What’s your favourite children’s book? 
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett ­Johnson (you can see it was written in the late 1960s).

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why? 
The acquisition of a group of hotels in Spain when I was a young assistant. It meant that I had to spend a week in July in Madrid and, on my day off, actually met the entire Spurs team by a pool.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take? 
Marisa Tomei (my wife understands) and a crate of Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why? 
A cold and snowy Warsaw – for obvious reasons.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep? 
Only two days – a poor record when compared with some of my ­contemporaries.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why? 
Phil Collins – apparently we look alike.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why? 
Mohammed Al Fayed – it’s between him and me. 

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)
I lasted a whole day ­working at Harrods; I’m a cordon bleu cook; I have a famous niece.

: Nick Davis
Firm: Mishcon de Reya
Title: Partner and head of corporate
Lives: Totteridge, London
1974-79: Mill Hill School
1980-83: BA (Hons) History, Westfield College, ­London University
1983-85: College of Law, Lancaster Gate
Work history:
1987-94: Assistant, DJ Freeman
1994-2000: Partner, Orchard
2000-03: Partner, Altheimer & Gray
2003-04: Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton
2004-present: Head of corporate, Mishcons