Buddies jolly at the cricket

Summer is most emphatically here and half of the City seems to already be on holiday. The other half seems content to down tools in favour of the comforting sound of leather on willow.

Tulkinghorn’s scribes felt duty-bound to follow suit and ventured down to The Oval last week to watch England’s ultimately doomed attempt to beat those ghastly Australians.

Cricket enthusiasts (and sun/Pimms worshippers) from Burges Salmon entertained a gang of delighted scribes, as did Allen & Overy, which even invited a few clients. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s lawyers looked down on us all from their executive box, a snip at pushing £30,000 plus VAT.

Tulkinghorn also applauded Taylor Wessing for its sterling commitment to English cricket. The firm is an official sponsor and its advertising hoardings are becoming almost as conspicuous at English cricket games as the Pimms. Unfortunately, for all their legal acumen, the gathered throng could do nothing to stop the swashbuckling Aussie keeper Adam Gilchrist, who curiously celebrated the completion of his match-winning century as if he had just won the Ashes, the World Cup and Olympic gold.

“Most uncouth,” mused Tulkinghorn, already looking forward to revenge at the main event.