Mark Watts


What is your expertise/specialism?
“IT Lawyer” – everything from data and software, to internet and outsourcing. A lot of my work revolves around how US companies handle personal data, so this is probably my “nich” (as my US clients would say).

Describe yourself in 3 words?
Welsh veggie boffin

What is the most memorable moment of your career?
My spur of the moment decision ten years ago to return from in-house to Bristows. It wasn’t something that I planned, and it just sort of happened. Sometimes it’s better just to go with your instincts.

What advice would you give someone doing your job?
Work hard, be nice to everyone you meet and be as pragmatic as possible.

Who would you most like to get stuck in a lift with and why?
Elvis. I’d tell him to go easy on the burgers.

Best tech gadget growing up?
My Sinclair ZX81. When I was 12, I started a computer games business, but after a few weeks the headmaster pulled the plug saying, “it might get too big”. I think that by this stage we had sold 5 copies.

Kung fu, cycling, photography, travel