Mark Jones: Addleshaw Goddard

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? An archaeologist or a ­landscape photographer.

Mark Jones
Mark Jones

What was your first ever job?

Hospital porter in a ­maternity hospital.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?

Dropping the just executed (and as yet uncopied) original of a client’s will down the crack between the lift and the floor as I walked in to the lift. The document didn’t look pretty when the lift engineer finally extracted it from the gunk at the bottom of the lift shaft.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?

Two colleagues, one a shaven-headed male and the other a red-headed female.

What time do you usually leave the office?

Between 6.30pm and 7pm.

What do you do at weekends?

As little as I can get away with. Entertain, read, go to church, spend time with the family, photography.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?

La Licorne, Fontevraud l’Abbaye, France.

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

An archaeologist or a ­landscape photographer.

What’s your favourite film?

Blowup for its portrayal of the ’6os, Ronin for the car chase, Charlotte Gray for the light and Alien for the tension.

What was the first record you ever bought?

I haven’t a clue – the ­physical evidence was sadly thrown away during a house move years ago

Who’s your hero and why?

Eleanor of Aquitaine. For her vision, ambition, ­energy, drive, refusal to be beaten and not letting the status quos of society at the time get in her way.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Being appreciated and valued for helping professional services practitioners to develop their businesses.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Getting the balance right between dipping into a client’s business and letting them get on with it on the one hand and wading in on the other hand.

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

Not recognising that a draft letter of advice that one of my partners

asked me to look at was ­dangerous. The partner had to resign from the firm and the firm lost the client. I learnt the importance of looking at the wider ­picture; if I’d done that I’d like to think I’d have ­recognised the danger.

What car do you drive?

Audi A4 Avant Quattro.

What book are you reading?

The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis by Matthew Cobb.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?

The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?

A series of related claims involving our client, its competitor, the DTI, the Treasury Solicitor and the media. It gave me the appetite for court work and exposure to business issues and policy thinking that went beyond the narrow aspects of the claim.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?

My camera and a well-stocked wine cellar.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?

Let’s just say that venues with no mobile coverage unless partners walk up to the top of a nearby hill can make coffee and lunch breaks rather longer than intended.

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

Two full days and the night between them.

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

Why would any actor  want to play me?

Who would you least like  to be stuck in a lift with?

Bruce Willis – have you seen what happens to Bruce Willis in lifts?

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)

I used to go night climbing at university; I have ­obsessive compulsive ­disorder tendencies; I enjoy airline food.


Name: Mark Jones

Firm: Addleshaw Goddard

Title: Partner and head of the ­professional practices consultancy

Lives: London, Yorkshire and Loire Valley


1963-72: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield

1973-76: Law, Trinity Hall, ­Cambridge

1976-77: Law Society Finals, College Of Law, Guildford

Work history:

1977-79: Trainee, Booth & Co

1979-83: Litigation associate, Booth & Co

1983-92: Partner, Booth & Co

1992-97: Managing partner, Booth & Co

1997-2003: Managing partner, Addleshaw Booth & Co

2003-09: Managing partner, Addleshaw Goddard

2009-present: Partner and head of the professional practices consultancy, Addleshaws