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Is the Pope a Catholic? Does a bear ‘go’ in the woods? Does Irwin Mitchell want external investment?
There have been seismic shifts amongst life’s – and law’s – eternal certainties today. First, Irwin Mitchell CEO John Pickering backs slowly away from those heady statements of flotation made in 2011, like a very busy man confronted with a time-consuming jigsaw.
Then, Pope Benedict resigns. Can he do that? Is there a lateral hire in the offing?
Maybe after all the Godless behaviour of lawyers last week, Benedict XVI has finally realised his chalice is a poisoned one. Certainly there are a few mid-tier firms that could do with some divine intervention from the Vatican’s managing partner.
The rumour that David Jabbari is about to be parachuted in to Rome to seal a merger with the Church of England is gathering pace.
We await the smoke signal with bated breath.
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