Payton’s place

Michael Payton, the friendly and charming managing partner of shipping and insurance law firm Clyde & Co, showed another side of his personality last week.

Between his descriptions to a reporter from The Lawyer on Clydes’ foreign policy, he revealed the fact that Eastcheap, the wide road linking the City with the start of the East End, was formerly used solely for butchers.

In fact, according to our research, the first meat sold on Eastcheap was during the reign of King John (1199-1216).

Payton – known normally as the mild-mannered gentleman of Eastcheap – seemed to enjoy the thought of himself as the ‘Butcher of Eastcheap’. He even diverted his thoughts away from foreign policy to repeat the words aloud several times.

Surely some academic study into any possible personality similarities between lawyers and butchers now needs to begin.

On a similar point, Tulkinghorn would like to know if anyone else out there has witnessed the similarities between the traits of London taxi drivers and several barristers’ clerks. Just a thought.