The Lawyer Inquiry: William Longrigg

William Longrigg is a partner in the family department at City firm Charles Russell. Born in Oxford in 1960, he now lives in

Battersea, London

What was your first job?

Barrister's runner in Oxford on 50p per hour.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£5,000 as an articled clerk. £14,000 when newly qualified.

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


Which law could you live without?

Aspects of the Child Support Act.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Taking detailed instructions for a divorce from someone who turned out to be a visiting US lawyer rather than a client.

What car do you drive?

Mercedes estate (and mountain bike for work).

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Vera Duckworth.

Where would you go to eat?


What's the best thing on TV?

Coronation Street.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

'La Dolce Vita'.

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

Baby sick-proof jacket.

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

'Babar the King' (every night), 'Complicity' by Iain Banks.

What is your all-time favourite record?

'The Jungle Book' soundtrack.

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

Practice in an area of law you find genuinely interesting.

What do you hate about yourself?

I only have three ties.

What do you like about yourself?

I wear them with the right shirts.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In the Shropshire hills with a case of wine.