Last weekend saw the great and the good of the legal market head off to Rome for The Lawyer’s annual European In-House Summit.
Once the serious work of the seminars had been done it was time to relax at a black tie dinner where, in the face of much groaning and even some heckling, Eversheds managing partner David Gray bravely regaled the crowd with an outpouring from his finely-tuned poetic soul. Here, in full, and for your delectation, is the epic:
Cast back your mind 2000 years – to Rome, the home of learning Where lawyers were important – their clients most discerning. Catullus Cato Cicero – great lawyers who have led us And perhaps the greatest of them all – the lawyer Evershedus
Now nota bene everyone and you’ll hear his tale de facto How he came to prominence and what made him act so With offices throughout the empire his clients there to aid Londinium, Milano Napoli is where he plied his trade
And – tempus fugit – on to Rome – he said if here I work – I’ll Soon be hailed with bona fide as in the magic circle He Veno Vidi Vici’d Rome and though a late starter His clients were all better served if this was judged pro rata
Human traits he had as well – at his 40th birthday do He drank ad nauseam they say – the evening simply flew But suffer for that night he did his servant standing by Heard him slur “I have forgot if you are forty or I!” (afortiori)
An honest man this tale will show – with Brutus he was dining Ten of the greatest minds in Rome in the atrium reclining In the servants’ quarters – panic – only eight meals on the tray But Evershedus the honest said “Yes, I ate two Brute”
So brave he was – he held no fear if pushed by toga’s crowd When attending at the forum – no quarter was allowed With plebians shoving at his heels he’d turn and hold his hand high And say “I’m not for moving, yes in this locus stand I”
Proactive with his clients – he was the first to know You need to run the extra mile to preserve the status quo He said ad nauseam they say “Of my effort every ounce’ll Be used to serve the pressing need of Roman in-house counsel”
In vino veritas as they say. I swear this all is true His legacy lives on today – and is available to you Not famous now like Cicero, Pliny, Cato, Nero But I read this in memoriam Evershedus unsung hero.