Freshfields feels the heat this summer

Poor old Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. You’ve got to feel a smidgen of sympathy for the magic circle firm – even if you’re a Linklaters partner.

Poor old Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. You’ve got to feel a smidgen of sympathy for the magic circle firm – even if you’re a Linklaters partner.

National journos, legal journos and paps alike have descended on the Bloxham hearing, consuming with a voracious appetite every single detail to come out of the case – such as the choice nugget today, when chief executive Ted Burke revealed that £24m had to be shelled out in six months to departing partners. See story.

Freshfields may be left intact after this hearing, but with another claim, from former corporate partner Lois Moore, now waiting in the wings (as revealed by today’s edition of The Lawyer (16 July)), not to mention that irritating Marks & Spencer conflict of interest bugbear that is finally slated to be heard a week after Bloxham’s case finishes, and the unfortunate conclusion is that Freshfields’ lawyers are going to be spending a lot of time in tribunals this summer.

Oh well, at least they’re not missing a sunny one.