Deus ex Machina

The Lawyer’s recent exposé of Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold potentially being forced to stand down, or even leave the country, come 2012 if the organisers of the London Olympics have their way is causing widespread concern among lawyers with metallic-sounding names.

Indeed, the article, entitled ‘Gold to be fingered by London 2012?’ prompted sports lawyer Oscar Goldman, the co-founder of niche firm Elton & Co, to write to Tulkinghorn for advice.

“I hasten to query that whether with my surname I should be more worried about deportation in 2012,” he writes, adding: “It’s bad enough already being compared and confused with another golden idol as well as the creator of The Six Million Dollar Man.”