Tulkinghorn isn’t much of a dancer, reserving his gyrations for the brandy glass, but he is glad to see that the same could not be said for JPMorgan general counsel Tim Hailes.
Last week the bank celebrated a tripling in membership of its Europe, the Middle East and Africa lesbian and gay group Chapter of Pride with a big bash at the Motown exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. All the great and good of the legal world attended, including attorney general Baroness Scotland QC. Hailes, infamous in legal circles for a taste in bohemian jackets, wore a sober suit to the event. But that didn’t stop him having a boogie with the attorney general.
The Baroness remarked: “My strong hope is that JPMorgan will continue to be an exemplar to other corporations in the way it celebrates diversity in all its forms and in the way it recognises the absolute need to establish a workplace where all can flourish,” before hopping on to the dancefloor and showing Hailes her Motown moves.
The party was also notable for those who weren’t on the guest list. One of Tulkinghorn’s scribes has been able to sneak a peek at the list of the firms that were invited.
The mole assures Tulkinghorn that everyone from Allen & Overy to White & Case was in attendance – apart from the firm that begins with an L and ends with ‘laters’.