The Lawyer Inquiry: Mark Humphries

Mark Humphries was born in Bath on 5 February 1962. He is a solicitor-advocate and partner at Linklaters & Paines.

What was your first job?

Warehouseman at Marks & Spencer in Bath.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


What would you have done if you hadn’t become a solicitor?

Become a barrister.

Which law could you live without?

The Higher Courts Qualification Regulations 1992.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?


What car do you drive?

Ford Granada Scorpio 24v Cosworth.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Ulrika Jonsson

Where would you go to eat?

The Oldbridge Hotel in Huntingdon.

What’s the best thing on TV?

Sky Sports’ Super Sunday.

Which movie do you wish you’d appeared in?

Dirty Harry.

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

Court gown.

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

White Book, 1997.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Going Out of Style by Bobby and the Barristers.

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

Do not become a barrister.

What do you like about yourself?


What do you hate about yourself?


Where would you most like to be right now?

Playing centre forward for Crystal Palace.