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Q&A with Simon Davis

4 May 2017

Simon Davis is litigation partner at Clifford Chance. He takes office as deputy vice president of the Law Society in July, becoming vice president in 2018 and president in 2019.

Simon Davis

You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?

I am a Mr Fix-it. I sort out clients' problems.

What are you working on at the moment?

Sorting out clients' problems.

What was your first job?

Handing out baskets at Sainsbury's.

Career highlight?

Appearing in front of the Treasury Select Committee on TV with my parents watching from home.

Share some great advice you've been given.

Never stoop to the level of the opposition.

What's in your desk drawers?

Personal paperwork which I never get round to sorting out.

Can you recommend a local lunch or coffee spot?

Itsu.

How do you relax?

By training with a middle-weight boxer on Wandsworth Common.

What's your pet hate?

Anyone who thinks they are better than their clients.

Sum up working as a solicitor in one word.

Privileged.

Favourite city?

London.

What book is on your bedside table ?

Ten partially-read books, with Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah being the most recent partial read.

What needs to happen to get more women into leadership roles?

The desire to actually make it happen.

You have just been elected deputy vice president of the Law Society; what does that mean to you?

I am chuffed to bits.

If you hadn't become a solicitor, what would you have done?

Joined the Diplomatic Service.