Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold is indubitably one of the best litigators in the City. But perhaps it is more than these credentials alone that swayed Shearman & Sterling partners Jo Rickard and Lois Moore to instruct him on their separate claims against their former home, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
The Lawyer hears that Gold's name carries particular weight at the magic circle firm and that his instruction will rankle; his number was reportedly on speed-dial on the phones of partners who had issues with the firm, from pay to pensions.
Much like one would admonish a child - "Don't do that otherwise the bogeyman will come and get you!" - the warning that permeated Fleet Street was: "If this goes any further, I'm calling David Gold." Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every day by subscribing to Lawyer News Daily.