Goings on at Schillings have somehow leaked into the press.
One of the firm’s star partners, Gideon Benaim, a former Partner of the Year at The Lawyer Awards who was famously instructed by footballer Ryan Giggs when the footballer tried to keep his affair with Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas out of the papers (only to be undone by Twitter), has left the firm (see story).
It is not yet known what Benaim’s next move is, but his departure comes as associate Matthew Himsworth (a former Associate of the Year winner at The Lawyer Awards) leaves to set up his own practice focusing on sports clients, and as Schillings confirms that it has cancelled its graduate recruitment programme and contracts for trainees due to start with the firm in September.
We’d love to speculate on what these three discrete events could mean taken as a whole, but we’re dealing with a firm described as “the City’s most fearsome defamation lawyers” by The Economist and one led by a man described as a “Rottweiler” by Private Eye - and those are just the descriptions co-founder Keith Schilling uses on his website profile. So perhaps we’ll just give it a miss and say best of luck to those leaving and commiserations to those who lost out on a training contract.