Legal Trivia Quiz #47

This month, our questions concern perhaps the most famous fictional lawyer of the common law world, Horace Rumpole.

The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister-at-Law. Suggestions for questions to appear in next month’s journal are most welcome.

1. Rumpole is also known as Rumpole of the ….?

A. Uxbridge Magistrates Court

B. Bailey

C. Chancery Division

D. Privy Council

2. Rumpole refers to his wife Hilda as She Who Must….?

A. Tremble and Obey

B. Not Be Allowed to Shop

C. Never Study Law

D. Be Obeyed

3. Rumpole famously (in his mind at least) single-handedly, without a leader, secured an aquittal in which case:

A. The Penge Bungalow Murders

B. The Hello Kitty Murder

C. The Charing Cross Murders

D. The Murder on the Orient Express

4. What is the name of the wine bar Rumpole frequents?

A. The Chancery

B. The Embankment

C. Pomeroys

D. Temple Inn

5. Rumpole frequently quotes which poet?

A. T.S. Eliot

B. Wordsworth

C. Shakespeare

D. Browning

6. Claude Erskine-Brown, Rumpole’s chambermate, attended which public school?

A. Eton

B. Harrow

C. Winchester

D. Charterhouse

7. What is the nickname of older barrister who never has any briefs who spends much of his time in the clerks’ room of chambers?

A. Uncle Paul

B. Uncle Pete

C. Uncle Ted

D. Uncle Tom

8. What is the surname of the East London crime family for whom Rumpole regularly acts?

A. The Molloys

B. The Timsons

C. The Mollards

D. The Simpsons

9. Actor Leo McKern who played Rumpole in the TV series was from which country?

A. South Africa

B. New Zealand

C. Australia

D. England

10. To Rumpole the initials QC stand for what?

A. Queen’s Counsel

B. Queer Customer

C. Quaint Customs

D. Quite Childlike

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #46

  1. A. Sir Geoffrey Briggs had a fascination with frogs and his chambers and home were covered with frog collectibles of all shapes and sizes.
  2. B. Denys Roberts, a prolific author, wrote “I’ll Do Better Next Time”.
  3. C. James Findlay started his career as a member of the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia.
  4. B. Mohammed Saied, former Chief Justice of Uganda, was forced to flee Uganda by Idi Amin.
  5. D. John Carrington was Attorney General of British Guiana before becoming Chief Justice of Hong Kong.
  6. C. Robert Tang was Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association from 1988 to 1990.
  7. A. Paul Cressal, was district judge in Palestine before being appointed as puisne judge in Hong Kong.
  8. B. Leslie Gibson served with the RAF during WWII.
  9. B. Henry Gompertz, puisne judge from 1909 to 1925, spoke Chiuchow, Hokkien and Cantonese.
  10. C. Michael Hogan sat on the Anglo-Japanese Commission dealing with claims under the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1960.


Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice