Martin Lucas, White & Case

How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future)? Dinner for two – with my wife.


Martin Lucas

Firm: White & Case

Position: Regional finance director

Lives: Highbury

What time do you start work each day?

Between 7.30 and 8am.

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?Getting stuck in Manila during last year’s Icelandic volcanic eruption and flying the wrong way round the world to get home.

How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?

Long enough to check up what my 14-year-old daughter is up to.

What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?

A swearing green plastic turtle. It had two settings – rude and unprintable.

If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?

No cars in the City. I cycle to work.

What are the best perks of your role?

The mute button on my phone.

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?

Whatever is washed and ironed.

Have you ever been asked to do anything at work that you suspect might have been illegal?

Not since working in a bar during university days.

What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?

I thought this was only a 60-second interview.

How do you unwind after the end of a hard week?

Golf and alcohol, not necessarily in that order. 

Do you see your colleagues on weekends?

Only if golf or alcohol is involved.

Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details).

Not since a holiday job at the local hospital and a crush on one of the nurses—unrequited I’m sorry to say.

If you were a lawyer what would your practice area be and why?

Definitely litigation – I like a good argument.

What do you eat for lunch?

More than I should. Normally soup.

Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?

Depends what currency you are working in.

What items do you always carry around with you at work?

My little black book to make notes in.

Of whom do you have photos on your desk?

Wife, children and dog.

What’s your favourite local?

The Phoenix—not far to walk.

Soy Latte or Nescafe?


City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the country.

Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.

White and Case.