Kneedy clients

Russia might be getting back on the map for those firms with international ambitions, with Hammonds clinking vodka glasses with Moscow outfit Zhigachov & Christophoroff earlier this year, but it’s still a pretty dodgy place to work. According to a senior partner at another firm with big-hitting ideas, the way to get deals done over there is to threaten people with a kneecapping.

Not, we hasten to add, that this was the negotiating tactic being advocated by the esteemed gentleman. Apparently, this was the threat made to one of the firm’s lawyers when working on a deal there. The upshot? Take the offer or leave most of your legs behind.