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Howrey Simon competition lawyer and man-about-town Trevor Soames came out with a hackneyed primary school excuse for not having read his text books last week.
Soames was overheard telling King's College professor Richard Whish that he missed out on an early Whish academic tome. Apparently Soames, joining the Department of Trade and Industry in 1985 to investigate competition policy, was given Whish's seminal book as bedtime reading. Following an unfortunate incident with his pooch, Soames had to confess to his boss that his dog had eaten his homework.
Which pre-eminent London-based partner who recently moved firms would like to know whether it's safe for him to wander around the City with a shotgun? He must really be worried that his former partners are gunning for him