The Lawyer Inquiry: Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis was born in London in 1964. He is a partner in the commercial litigation department at Bevan Ashford.

What was your first job?

Apple picker.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


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

Film critic.

Which law could you live without?

Anything to do with the Settled Land Act 1925.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Forgetting my client's name in court.

What car do you drive?

Peugeot 405 estate.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Juliette Binoche.

Where would you go to eat?

Bells Diner.

What's the best thing on TV?


Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Cool Hand Luke (as Paul Newman).

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

Black brogues.

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

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Moon Dance by Van Morrison.

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

Choose a practice area that interests you. If it does not, it will show.

What do you like about yourself?

I don't take myself too seriously.

What do you hate about yourself?

I am not a morning person (especially early).

Where would you most like to be right now?

Skiing in the Alps.