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Art and media law statesman Mark Stephens says he was ‘tricked into being a lawyer’ by the manager of Pink Floyd, who was lodging in his family home when he was growing up. ‘He’s now a multi billionaire and I’m a poor lawyer eking out an income,’ he jokes. Stephens is indeed a veritable rock star, having advised on some of the most high-profile and high-value cases in recent history. He recently bought 90 Picassos on behalf of a client — the largest off-market transaction to have taken place in 2016. ‘When I started, everything was done on handshake and honourable conversation,’ Stephens says, ‘but as the art world has become more global, it’s become more professionalised, so you need lawyers involved’.

Mark Stephens