News reached Tulkinghorn last week of a subject very dear to his heart - golf. Many are the hours the great man has whiled away at the nineteenth, occasionally even leaving the clubhouse to putt a few balls.
Now readers may be interested to learn that a couple of enterprising associates at Herbert Smith have capitalised on the fact that the days are getting longer by setting up a golf society for non-partners at City law firms.
Called The Pinstripes Golf Society, its raison d'etre is to get associates (both male and female) playing golf together four times a year in a competitive format. Each of the four outings will fall in the week following each of the four majors, and the Pinstripes' inaugural outing took place earlier this month at the Berkshire (one of England's finest heathland courses, or so they say).
"The morning round was won by Nigel Seddon of A&O [Allen & Overy] with a gargantuan 39 stableford points," Herbies associate Elliot Beard, who set up the club with fellow lawyer James Pickavance, told Tulkinghorn. "The afternoon round was the team match and the cup was won by myself and Jamie Archer-Perkins." At the moment the Pinstripes have five firms signed up. Other than Herbies, there is A&O, DLA Piper, Lovells and Norton Rose.
"We hope to expand the society to double the size within the next year," adds Beard. "We've invited other firms to join, but there seem to be a few who want to wait to see if the society will be a success before jumping on board. But Jamie and I are delighted that we've managed to bring the 'Jack Encampa-Vis' Cup back to its spiritual and actual home at Exchange House."
Now come on you City types. To Tulkinghorn, who knows about these things, that sounds like a challenge.