So, last month (27 June) saw the annual The Lawyer Awards. And true to form, the list of virtual prizes for memorable behaviour vied with that of the genuine awards themselves.
At or near the top of Tulkinghorn’s honours list is chief executive of BPP Law School’s training division Karl Lygo for networking above and beyond the call of duty.
Due to present the BPP scholarship to two exceptional students at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, Lygo was so keen not to disappoint that he made the event despite fracturing his skull on the bottom of a swimming pool just hours before.
Not content with merely handing over the trophy, Lygo stayed, hobnobbing at the Park Lane venue till one the next morning and only nipping in to University College Hospital for a quick check-up. “It was a shame not to have been able to have an alcoholic drink at the dinner,” Lygo remarked the next day, “although the double vision from the concussion had a similar effect.”
A mention also goes to Ken MacRitchie of Shearman & Sterling, whose wallet fell out of his pocket. Table guest Simon Bromwich picked it up, looked for ID and exclaimed: “There’s so many American Express gold cards in there it has to be his!”
Honours also go to Herbert Smith planning partner Matthew White, who collected the Real Estate Team of the Year gong, but was a little exuberant showing off the award. While trying to pick it up and show it off he managed to break off the sword held in the right hand of the award. Oops.
And awards host Rory Bremner quipped that Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) senior partner Richard Dedman was a “Dedman Walking” as he arrived on stage to present the European In-house Team of the Year Award. But little did Bremner know how close Dedman came to not walking on stage at all. He was very nearly prevented from making the appearance by a back spasm during the day that had him hobbling around BLG’s offices looking somewhat crooked.
Luckily a helpful doctor and a syringe full of painkiller did the job of getting rid of the spasm, enabling Dedman to hop up on stage in a decidedly sprightly fashion.