Dealmaker: Slaughters' Richard de Carle on saving Iceland's banks, eating smoked puffin and not taking yourself too seriously

Slaughters corporate partner Richard de Carle recently advised BHP Billiton on UK matters for its acquisition by oil and gas giant BP for $10.5bn (£8bn)

Slaughter and May corporate restructuring and insolvency partner Richard de Carle recently advised BHP Billiton on UK matters for the acquisition of its US onshore petroleum assets by oil and gas giant BP for £8bn. He joined Slaughters in 1984 and has been a partner at the firm since 1993.

Why did you become a lawyer? I tried my hand as a waiter for a few weeks and realised that I lacked the necessary skills for that; so I had to fall back on the law.