Bond life

Bond life
When Tulkinghorn thinks of Travers Smith he imagines lawyers in their offices and meeting rooms poring over documents and doing deals. It is not an image that gets his blood pumping.

But Tulkinghorn admits he may have to revise this opinion after one of his moles filled him in about the exciting James Bond-style backgrounds of the partners.

Corporate partner Richard Spedding is the son of Sir David Spedding, who was head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, from 1994 to 1999.

Meanwhile, Travers lawyer Nick Burgess is a descendant of Guy Burgess, the infamous double agent who transmitted secret Foreign Office and MI5 documents to the Russians during the Cold War.

Despite the history, Tulkinghorn understands that the two get on well. But he cannot confirm whether they like their Martinis shaken or stirred.