Freshfields’ home-grown celluloid heroes

The major movie awards may be out of the way this year, but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer rolled out the red carpet last week for a night of ­cinematic celebration.

Freshfields fêted its own clutch of Steven Spielbergs after every office was given £5,000 to make a video to mark the 10-year anniversary of its German merger.

Senior management ­double act Ted Burke and Will Lawes stood in for Billy Crystal and Anne Hathaway as hosts of the glittering ­ceremony at which the prizes were handed out.

An insider described one Italian effort as ­”Fellini-esque”, although nobody was in a position to confirm whether any of the German films paid tribute to FW Murnau’s expressionist ­classic Nosferatu.

The Amsterdam office carried off the Best Screenplay gong, while Paris won Most Outstanding Performance, with the entire cast taking the plaudits. Best Original Screenplay went to Tokyo, while London claimed possibly the most coveted honour – the Angel Award for the film that best captures the spirit of the firm. A firm spokesman described the film – a documentary looking at the life of a London lawyer – as “David Attenborough meets the City”.