RSC hath launched a legal panel

After wondering whether to be or not to be, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has decided to challenge firms to a battle of wits. With mirth and laughter old wrinkles may come, as partners wrestle for a spot on RSC’s first-ever panel.

It might play out like so. As the curtains rise, the eager contender (thy name could include current advisers Ashurst, Harbottle & Lewis or Wragge & Co) may choose to harp a line from Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep,” they will sing. “The more I give to thee, the more of the £70,000 legal budget I have.”

Music to thine ears, but there’s no time for jest in this review. RSC’s new general counsel Marina Zain wants a small and manageable panel, the aim being to avoid double, double, toil and trouble.

The first thing we do, let’s hire all the lawyers.

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