News Law firms If you want to head a goliath, be called David By The Lawyer 26 September 2010 00:00 17 December 2015 15:57 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Phil Green 27 September 2010 at 10:10 No thanks. Bad enough pushing children to be lawyers, to foist on them such dreary bland names as David, Andrew, Michael would be child cruelty. Will probably call mine Leroy or Perry. Reply Link Scep Tick 27 September 2010 at 14:38 Perry Green? Even worse than a lawyer. With a name like that he will turn out a fal-con man. (sorry) Reply Link Sarah (I'm a lawyer because this article says I am 27 September 2010 at 15:27 Do you get extra points for being Digital Dave? Reply Link Phil Mycock 27 September 2010 at 15:42 Witty one there Scep Tick. Enjoyed that gem of a pun. Now are you a David or an Andrew? Reply Link City Gent 27 September 2010 at 16:19 @ Phil Green And if you have a daughter you could call her Teresa. I really can’t see what the beef is about them being `middle class’ names. Do we really want the lower orders with names like Lee and Ryan and their vulgar Sarf Lunnon accents assaulting our delicate sensibilities and upsetting our clients? I think not! God bless the squire and his relations And keep us in our proper stations. Reply Link Scep Tick 28 September 2010 at 10:03 @Phil What if I were a Robin? Or a Martin? Reply Link Anonymous 28 September 2010 at 11:54 I notice their all typically european names, there’s a surprise. Reply Link Anonymous 28 September 2010 at 11:56 @ city gent I’m glad to say that many people don’t share your outdated views Reply Link John Johnson 28 September 2010 at 12:31 This is interesting research, but in my view it does not go far enough. What about the ideal first name / surname combination. Is it David Davidson? Please journo bods at the Lawyer spend our subscription money researching this point so that I can name my children accordingly. Reply Link City Gent 28 September 2010 at 12:35 @ Anonymous 11:54 That’s hardly surprising, as the firms are based in England, which is (albeit reluctantly) part of Europe. And by the way it’s “they’re” not “their”, and Europe, being a proper noun, is spelt with a capital “E”. I assume that you are not employed by the type of firm included in the survey. @ Anonymous 11:56 I’m afraid you are wrong. The survey clearly shows that my views are virtually universal amongst the elite firms. Reply Link Benny 28 September 2010 at 14:16 What tosh. Obviously “traditional white, middle-class names” are going to be prevalent in any large sample of British professionals. It doesn’t make having such a name more likely to lead to being a partner at all. Derek Klyhn’s comment assigns causality where there is none, and thus displays a total ignorance of the basic principles of research. You may as well say: “Our survey discovered that most lawyers have brown hair – therefore dye your hair brown if you want to be a lawyer.” Complete idiocy. Reply Link Traycee 28 September 2010 at 16:50 This must be the most ridiculous piece of research ever carried out, who cares about a name as long as you can do the job, surely that is of utmost importance. @ CityGent – snob, I bet you’re named Wayne Reply Link City Gent 28 September 2010 at 17:13 @ Traycee If your name is indeed a version of `Traycee’ I fully understand your sensitivity! Not surprisingly absent from the list of female names, along with your natural twin, Sharon. Reply Link Anonymous 29 September 2010 at 10:55 Benny, maybe you’re taking it all a bit too seriously. I imagine it’s just supposed to be an amusing little piece. But perhaps The Lawyer could do some research on whether you have to have a sense of humour to become a partner. Reply Link Precocious talent 30 September 2010 at 15:01 @ City Gent I assume that as you are trying to score points on grammar and insulting people based on class that you’re one of these new money types who thinks an education from a minor public school makes you something? People like you ultimately fail because they’re too arrogant to notice their faults. It is very entertaining watching the demise though. Reply Link Mark Brandon 4 October 2010 at 11:27 I helped Derek interpret the data and want to come to his defence as regards his light-hearted/ironic comment on names (which was clearly far too ironic for some of the commentators here!) The incidence of names was not the main focus of the research, but an amusing side-bar, which has caught the headlines. The main article in the Lawyer drew attention to the main point of interest, which was the gender-split as regards age of resignations and average working ‘life’ at the top firms. Unfortunately – and such is the peril of online – the two pieces are not linked on this site, and the other piece is difficult to access, but I would recommend you read it. Here’s the link: http://www.thelawyer.com/revealed-top-uk-firms-make-poor-showing-in-female-partner-stakes/1005590.article The main piece has also been picked up by womeninlaw.com Lawyer guys/gals, if you’re reading this, can you stick the link at the bottom of this article so that people can read the main piece? Ta! Reply Link Anonymous 23 July 2013 at 13:29 My name is Michael and I am a lawyer. My grandson Andrew will commence his LLB studies in London this year. I must however confess I don’t share the views of the research-rather put the money to better use. As for the royal baby -lets hope its James Albert. Reply Link Anonymous 23 July 2013 at 13:43 By whose definition are David, Michael, Richard, Sarah, Catherine, Susan or Helen middle class names? As David Morley correctly observes, David is a popular name for blokes of his generation, but this is precisely BECAUSE it was class neutral. (Christopher is another favourite of that time for the same reason, although didn’t appear here). Elizabeth and Simon are debatable, I suggest, but there are plenty of Lizs who aren’t posh. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.