Tulkinghorn: Get unknotted

A new managing partner’s first edict is a statement of intent.

So while some might start off by firing a bunch of slackers to send a message and others will shake up the firm’s strategy, Nabarro’s new managing partner, Andrew Inkester, has declared war on ties.

Details are sketchy, but reports have reached Tulkinghorn that among Inkester’s first communications to his firm was an announcement that ties would no longer be necessary around the office in the summer months.

Tulkinghorn awaits the next Nabarro strategic shake-up with bated breath. Funny hat Fridays, perhaps? Alphabites instead of chips in the ­canteen? Everything is
up for grabs.

Party shot

Tulkinghorn’s trusty undercover agents were delighted to have been invited to Olswang’s glitzy client party earlier this month, giving them the chance to rub shoulders on its sunlit balcony with lawyers from all manner of TV, film and internet-based businesses.

But the chance to rub the shoulders of Olswang’s genial managing partner David Stewart was cruelly denied to them when the man himself decided to sneak out of his own party at 7pm. Unluckily for Stewart he was caught in the act by the spies.

“I was out late last night,” Stewart confessed as he emerged from the firm’s revolving doors. “I need to be horizontal.”

Well, we’ve all been there.

Hear and there

Tulkinghorn has a new disc to add to his extensive world music collection. At The Lawyer’s Russia and CIS debate on 7 September the managing partner of Kazakhstan’s Aequitas Law Firm handed over The Magic of Nomads’ first musical outing as a cultural offering.

The music would not sound out of place at the Eurovision Song Contest (even though the majority of Kazakhstan is in Asia). Nevertheless the unique cross-cultural selling point here is that the album – which was sponsored by Aequitas – was recorded at London’s very own Abbey Road Studios.

The Magic of Nomads performs Kazakhstan’s ­traditional music in Westernised jazz arrangements. Also at the debate, panelist Tatyana Suleyeva – a partner at Aequitas – compared the size of Kazakhstan to “five Frances”, whereupon the chair of the panel, executive director
of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Stephen Dalziel, gave Tatyana some advice: “Next time you speak in London, don’t compare the size of your country to five Frances – we have enough trouble with one.”

Très bien.

Pond notes

It’s taken London by storm and now LawRocks is ­getting ready to do the same in Los Angeles.

Keating Chambers ­senior clerk and LawRocks supremo Nick Child gave Tulkinghorn the inside track last week.

“I have a lot of close friends in the US on the West Coast and one of them said to me recently, ’Do you reckon we could do in this LA?’,” confided Child.

And so it comes to pass that the first LawRocks Los Angeles is provisionally booked for 8 March at the iconic Whisky a Go-Go nightclub on Sunset Boulevard. If you can-can, you should go-go.

Scalextric shock

Tulkinghorn recently had the pleasure of attending an Eversheds-sponsored charity ball. As the tinkling of spare change and the rustle of cheque books seamlessly fused with the more muffled sound of hankies dabbing moist eyes during speeches, a decidedly more robust noise could be heard from a crowd gathered round a Scalextric track.

Never has Tulkinghorn witnessed such a gruff ­display of elbows digging into ribs. In fact, the great one was nearly left with fractured nose after trying to prise the coveted controller from an unnamed partner who refused to let anyone else have a go.

As most of you know, Tulkinghorn is a big fan of fair play, so was delighted to later observe the ­partner in question being prised away from the slot car track, ­kicking and screaming, by his irate wife.