A marriage of convenience

The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of a familiar friend with the help of a once-disaffected partner: it could be lifted straight from the pages of Jane Austen — or at least Heat magazine.

The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of a familiar friend with the help of a once-disaffected partner: it could be lifted straight from the pages of Jane Austen — or at least Heat magazine.

New York-headquartered Dewey Ballantine has had quite the dancecard in the past year.

A year ago, the pedigree firm was plotting its trip up the aisle with Californian upstart Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Just as Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby would have made a frightful mismatch, there was little sense in a pairing between Dewey and Orrick.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that true love is always waiting on one’s doorstep, so the news that Dewey and fellow New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae will be tying the knot (see story) means all is right in the world.

But playing Emma in this love story, The Lawyer hears, was none other than LeBoeuf’s star ECM partner Camille Abousleiman. As readers will remember, Abousleiman walked out on Dewey when its intentions about Orrick were made known.

Abousleiman could, however, envisage a future with both Dewey and LeBoeuf and set aside advocating the union in the London office: now that’s persuasion.

To borrow from Miss Austen, friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.