Awards of court

The Lawyer Awards – well, that was a night and a half. With 1,380 of the great and the good all gathered together for a night of glamour and Abba, sparks were bound to fly – and they did. One thing's for certain, you just can't trust them (lawyers that is).
Take Michael Skrein of Richards Butler for starters. Not content with winning the Litigation Team of the Year Award, he also did a runner with MTV's Svenja Geissmar's award for In-house Media and Communications Team of the Year.
As the evening progressed, rather more covert negotiations began taking place which could have resulted in a radically altered legal landscape. Tulkinghorn would like readers to remember that you read it here first.
Not only did Clifford Chance make a heartfelt proposal of marriage to Freshfields on the dance floor, but DLA's ambitions to become a magic circle firm were advanced when its representatives went down on bended knees to Osborne Clarke (on whose managing partner, Leslie Perrin, there is more to come).
But Tulkinghorn wasn't there for gossip, oh no, this was a night of glitz. At one point, Tulkinghorn thought the highlight of the evening (and please don't tell the wife) was watching the dance sensations of the legal world – Clodagh Hayes of Linklaters, with in-housers Sarah Corbett of Burberrys and Stephanie Belton of P&O – perform a Destiny's Child (the Legal Remix version) routine on the dancefloor. Truly magnificent.
However, pop divas they may be, but they were put in the shade by the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 78-year-old Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, grooving with some style to Abba Gold.