The alternative Lawyer Awards

As is now traditional, here are The Lawyer’s alternative awards for 2006.

As is now traditional, here are The Lawyer’s alternative awards for 2006.

  • Most unconvincing denials: Linklaters and Dubai; Ricksons and DWF.
  • Most impressive understatement: David Frank of £2.5m-a-partner Slaughters saying the first half-year was “extremely encouraging”.
  • Most shocking canapes of the year: Denton Wilde Sapte’s mini-cauliflower cheeses.
  • Rows of the year: Lovells v Freshfields over ITV; Andrew Hoyle v Watson Burton; Simmons v SJ Berwin on who is the greenest of them all.
  • The making-policy-on-the-hoof prize: Freshfields’ Guy Morton telling his partners through the pages of The Lawyer that he wanted a US merger.
  • The ready-for-your-close-up Mr DeMille moment: Linklaters’ senior partner candidates and their election videos.
  • The I-wish-I-had-that-job award: Qinetiq legal chief Lynton Boardman and his £2m windfall.
  • The Christian Louboutin award for best shoes: Amy Tu of Boeing; Hannah Merritt of Jimmy Choo.
  • Best retention tactic: Merlie Calvert’s diamond necklace from her employer De Beers on winning In-House Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awards.
  • The Houdini award for the escape of the year: Hammonds for the Football League.
  • The Bet-they-wish-they’d-never-started-that prizes: Freshfields for M&S; Andrew Nulty of Avalon after revealing his £13m pay; Gordon Pollock for BCCI; BLG for that ad campaign.
  • Most bolshie associates: SJ Berwin, snatching the crown from A&O.
  • Most useless excuse for axing pro bono secondments: Linklaters saying it was just too busy.
  • Wheeze of the year: CC private equity partners’ fund to invest in clients; A&O’s lockstep fudges; the TCC letting its judges mediate; Pannone partners and their online chatroom.
  • The unexpected groovers prize: Ashurst‘s Simon Bromwich; Eversheds‘ David Gray; Slaughters’ Chris Saul; Freshfields’ Konstantin Mettenheimer.
  • Most baffling merger: Blake Lapthorn and Tarlo Lyons.
  • Office move of the year: Reed Smith‘s assault on Birmingham… from Solihull.
  • The North Korea award for management elections: Clifford Chance.
  • The bugger all partnership prospects prize: most US firms in London.

    Happy Christmas.