A Reading of convenience

One of The Lawyer's news-hounds was deeply impressed last week by the selling techniques of one Christopher Avery, managing partner of Reading firm Pitmans. Over lunch at Knightsbridge trattoria San Lorenzo, Avery spied property tycoon John Beckwith a few tables away. Not perturbed by Beckwith's newly elevated status (he was knighted in the New Year's Honours List for his services to youth sport), Avery stopped off for a quick chat on the way out. San Lorenzo… John Beckwith… suddenly the Reading legal scene took on a new and glamorous image in our reporter's mind.