And the Toys and Prams Team Award goes to… Sullivan & Cromwell, who collectively left the floor in a massive flounce the moment they realised they hadn’t won International Law Firm of the Year at this year’s Lawyer Awards. The incident caused much sniggering among the nearby tables and even made The Times.
Actually, London managing partner Bill Plapinger’s comment to The Times was so hilarious that Tulkinghorn feels it bears repeating: “We didn’t leave. We just walked upstairs to the bar. We walked upstairs and watched the whole awards from there. The table wasn’t a very good spot.” Chinnee reck-on.
Meanwhile, the outright winner of the Individual Numpty Award went easily to Clive Barnard of Herbert Smith (pictured), who turned up in his gardening clothes and inexplicably tagged along with corporate stars David Paterson and Nimi Patel onto the stage, did a rock salute and then proceeded to insult compere Marcus Brigstocke. Unfortunately for Barnard, the comedian got his own back with a volley of well-amplified abuse. When Tulkinghorn sneaked a glance at the Herbies table most of the guests seemed to be holding their heads in their hands at the performance. Good work, Clive!
And more awards…. Congratulations to Chris Carroll, who won a princely £50 from Freshfields head of corporate Tim Jones by correctly betting on Trowers & Hamlins winning Law Firm of the Year. Was Carroll swayed by Trowers’ storming Middle East practice? Was he showing loyalty to a non-magic circle firm? More like he heard a tip straight from the horse’s mouth (ie one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes). Tulkinghorn wonders, though, if a duo whose earning power tops £2m could muster more than a nifty between them?
Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs, sitting next to Candover managing director Ian Gray, suddenly had an attack of déjà vu. Not only had the pair been at a charity event in Sevenoaks the previous weekend, but their wives had actually been bidding against each other for a jukebox, which neither man wanted in the slightest.