Panorama fallout steals Freshfields’ thunder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has dominated the news this week. It’s had more partners leaving, it topped the M&A charts, closed its Singapore office and on Thursday night in the wee small hours it managed to help MFI flog its retail stores for the princely sum of one British pound.

But if there’s one man who could knock Freshfields from the headlines it’s the self-appointed voice of media lawyers Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, who has grabbed the starring role this week by advising Bolton manager Sam Allardyce on the Panorama revelations.

The general consensus in the football fraternity and the media was that the revelations were ambiguous to say the least. But that hasn’t stopped all and sundry from getting their lawyers on the case.

And it’s a line-up of media specialists that could take on the world. It’s a shame that our footballers aren’t as good as our lawyers.

Shy and retiring Keith Schilling has teamed up with ’Appy ’Arry Redknapp, ‘Dangerous’ David Price is advising ’Arry’s former assistant Kevin Bond and at the top of the heap there is meejah luvvie Stephens holding Big Sam’s hand. Let’s hope the BBC is thoroughly prepared.