The Lawyer Inquiry: Linda Tsang

Linda Tsang was born in Dudley in 1961. She qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and then practised as a commercial lawyer in Hong Kong. She is features editor of The Lawyer. Anyone who studied law with her at Glasgow University from 1978 and is interested in attending a reunion of the class, to be held in April this year, should contact her asap.

What was your first job?

Catering in the ethnic minority sector (running a Chinese restaurant).

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

I'm doing it.

Which law could you live without?

The law of gravity.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

When lodging a caveat, I was forced to appear before a Sheriff to argue against an injunction being granted. I had no instructions; he had to lend me his second-best gown, which swamped me, and then I had to hand it back covered in dust from the courtroom floor. Luckily he granted an adjournment and I threw up in the sheriff court car park later with relief.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Paul Merton (or, if my mother is reading this, Chow Yun-Fat).

Where would you go to eat?

The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong.

What's the best thing on TV?

My juggling balls.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

The Fabulous Baker Boys.

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

M&S underwear.

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

Writing Home by Alan Bennett; Monkey Brain Sushi (short stories).

What is your all-time favourite record?

My Funny Valentine.

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

Do it for the money, then do what you really want to do.

What do you like about yourself?

My very youthful looks

What do you hate about yourself?

My failure to take anything seriously, and other people's failure to pronounce, or spell, my surname.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Flying a Tiger Moth over the Whitsundays (financed by my own franchise business, McTriad).