Russell’s brand

You’d expect a man who learnt his trade at the temple to old-fashioned style, Macfarlanes, to be well-dressed. But Russell van Praagh, now a private ­equity partner at Taylor Wessing, has gone a step further.

Some of van Praagh’s mischievous colleagues let slip to Tulkinghorn’s spies that this fine figure of a man has moonlighted as a model for tailors par excellence Gieves & Hawkes.

Tulkinghorn duly salutes a man who shares his impeccable taste for the finer things in life and linen.

Red in couth and score

When the QC ­appointments committee told One Essex Court ­barrister Richard Boulton that his silk application had been successful it should have been the ­highlight of his year.

As a Liverpool FC fan, however, his appointment was eclipsed by the ­highlight that was the club’s three-one victory over Manchester United. Boulton was there to see the Mighty Reds romp to victory. Not just ’there’, in fact, but he was sat in the director’s box with Anfield living legend ’King’ Kenny Dalglish’s family.

Simply put, it was the best week of his life.

The darling buds array

Over the past few weeks Tulkinghorn has been revelling in unearthing a string of lawyers with famous offspring – and he hasn’t even got around to mentioning star of the Harry Potter films Emma Watson (aka Hermione Granger), both of whose parents are lawyers (including CMS Cameron McKenna telecoms head Chris Watson).

But it looks as if the ­lovely Emma has already been knocked off her broomstick. US employment juggernaut Littler Mendelson has a partner named Gerald. Word is that the fervour among the general populace for sightings of his daughter is so fever-pitch high that even Dad occasionally uses an alias to divert the frantic crowds.

No prizes for guessing the Shakespeare-inspired monicker of Mr Hathaway’s actress daughter.

Can you beat that? Send the name of your famous brat to The Lawyer and one of Tulkinghorn’s little helpers will do the rest.



Naming slights

Winning a case in the Supreme Court is no mean feat, ­particularly when the dispute involves matters of the heart.

But at least the lawyers generally get their moments in the ­limelight as a result.

So spare a thought for Ayesha Vardag of family firm Vardags (newly rebranded to the snappier name from the less funky Ayesha Vardag Solicitors, but surely there’s an apostrophe missing somewhere?), which missed out last year on a namecheck in the Radmacher v Granatino Supreme Court judgment.

The case made headlines because it was the first time the courts had decided to give ’decisive weight’ to a prenuptial agreement.

Vardag represented the wife, Katrin Radmacher, throughout the case. Yet anyone reading the judgment may not have realised this because the Vardag name never featured on the judgment.

Instead the credit was given to Farrer & Co. Partner Simon Bruce was indeed instructed to act for Radmacher at the judgment delivery, thus snaring the media spotlight.

This sort of thing doesn’t happen every day. Consequently Tulkinghorn would like to congratulate Vardag on her successful campaign to have the Supreme Court remove Farrers from the counsel line-up and instead recognise the contribution she made to the case.

He’d also like to award her this year’s Most Tenacious Hunting Down of What’s Due To Me prize.

Well done Ayesha.