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As part of the run-up to Christmas, Tulkinghorn is looking for the best 'deal toy' of 2003. (For those of you not in the know, a deal toy is a present received by the lawyer at the end of a transaction.)
Apparently, in the last 18 months, the quality of the average deal toy has fallen quite considerably, as clients have got a little more tightfisted with their cash. Acting on a recent deal for a fashion company, one partner told Tulkinghorn that he was hoping for something similar to the £1,000 Gucci briefcase that was given out on one of the Italian fashion king's big deals. No such luck - he got a tie.
Other gems have included a beat box and a fish-filleting knife (which apparently caused a great deal of consternation at the airport check-in).
And for anyone that has happened to hang out in the Slaughter and May canteen - that jukebox is a deal toy too.
For any weird and wonderful deal toys received this year, please email Tulkinghorn at the usual address.