Work Life Quiz: Mark Harrison, principal, Harrisons

Mark Harrison

What was your first-ever job?

Potato-picking for £1 a day. The farmer promised me £2 but refused to honour his agreement once I had finished the work. I think that’s when I began to like contract law.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Not mine, but a classic involved a fellow trainee returning from Armley jail in Leeds advising the partner involved that a prisoner had refused to accept service of a High Court writ, so he had brought it back to the office.

What was the first record you bought?

Everlasting Love, by Love Affair.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

Working for others – you only really enjoy yourself when you work for yourself and hold partner meetings with a mirror.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?

Off my daily medication.

Who’s your hero and why?

My office manager, for putting up with me for so long.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Zabar on the Danube in Belgrade, or Grispolis on the Adriatic in Montenegro.

What’s your favourite film?

The Firm – what else?

What book are you reading?

The Crimes of Love, by the Marquis de Sade.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Captain Pugwash, by John Ryan.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which two luxuries would you take with you?

Halle Berry and a fistful of diamonds.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?

Well, the longest I have slept without work is two days.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

Robin Williams – he never seems to take himself too seriously.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself, in any order:

I eat lots of fruit and vegetables; I keep an aquarium in my office and add a baby shark every time I meet a lawyer I don’t like; I once snogged Princess Margaret.



Name: Mark Harrison

Title: Principal

Firm: Harrisons

Lives: Belgrade, Serbia


1975-79: BA (Law and Economics) Keele University

1979-1980: LPC, College of Law, Chester

Work history:

1991-97: Head of CEE, Eversheds

1999-present: Principal, Harrisons