Lost courses

Tom Rose and Fenella Gentleman had lunch on Tuesday 8 November. These titans of legal PR rule the roost at Herbert Smith and Lovells respectively. But the two firms have just – famously or infamously, depending on your point of view – been on the wrong side of the most devastating and embarrassing litigation defeats in recent memory (BCCI and Equitable Life, in case you’d forgotten).

Tulkinghorn can only imagine what the topic of conversation was: “Mine was the biggest climbdown in legal history.”

“No, mine was the biggest climbdown in legal history.”

“I tell you, mine…”