Tulkinghorn: Hoopla for barrister duo
23 May 2011
Blackstone Chambers’ Ian Mill QC and Nick Di Marco have been awarded legendary status by fans of Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR).
After saving the Loftus Road club from being deducted points just hours before its last game of the season, the pair guaranteed QPR’s elevation to the Premier League for the next football season.
Fans showed their gratitude by chanting loudly at the final game against Leeds United: “There’s only one Ian Mill, only one Ian Mill”, as well as establishing a Facebook page in their honour. Nice.
Gazing over the superyachts in Monaco’s marina prompted a wave of reminiscing from delegates at The Lawyer Family Office and Private Client Summit.
James Trafford of Leeds firm Wilsons first came to the principality at the tender age of 18 when, along with a few mates, he borrowed his dad’s modest sailing boat for a jaunt along the Côte d’Azur.
The intrepid crew sailed into the cheaper of the two harbours and decided they ought to check out the centre of town. Trafford went in search of a ride and discovered a likely-looking bloke hanging around.
“Bonjour,” said Trafford hopefully.
“Hullo,” replied the man in reassuringly posh English tones.
Having ascertained that his new friend could give them a lift into Monte Carlo, Trafford rounded up his crew and, clad in shorts and T-shirts, the motley bunch piled into the back of a shiny new Rolls. Monte Carlo’s just that sort of place.
But equally clearly, it’s not the sort of place where you can pitch a tent, as Alberto Cedillo of his eponymous Spanish firm discovered when he was a lad. Apparently the escapade almost got Cedillo arrested.
“Do you want to be told what to do by a bunch of guys in short-sleeve shirts?” asked one City source upon hearing of Irwin Mitchell’s post-Legal Services Act ambitions.
Some of the firm’s London partners took exception to the quip, insisting they were not handicapped by their regularly worn short-sleeved attire.
Head of business Niall Baker says his short sleeves come in handy when he’s being quizzed by hacks over the detail of Irwin Mitchell’s plans, particularly in London’s balmy climate.
“I can write down the standard answers on my arms,” Baker joked, adding that the answer is: “We’ll consider all options available.”
Rock… then a hard case
Tulkinghorn’s heavy metal cousin Magwitch writes: “The 100 Club was host to another Law Rocks! event on Thursday 12 May, with five more of the law’s finest battling it out.
Previous winners Birds of Prey from Bird & Bird opened with what has become their house style - glamour, over the top, but brilliant. Chris Holder and his team somehow managed a Kings of Leon/Run DMC/Blondie mix, which had the crowd raving.
Three Law Rocks! debuts followed, with Landmark Chambers’ Brief Encounter proving the bar has more to offer than sound advice and great advocacy skills. Singer Katrina Yates came in for praise from all - “If she’s always that good on her feet she’ll be in silk next year,” said one reveller.
The joint venture between DLA Piper and Trett Consulting, The Acquired, was up next.
They got through a very technical set list without any flaws and pulled off a massive crowd-pleaser with Kula Shaker cover Hush.
Then came Practical Law Company’s (PLC) Big Ghost. The judges said they couldn’t believe this was their first time playing together. Kilted lead vocalist Scott Eaton put in an amazing performance and had the judges commenting that “not a lot of guys can pull off Michael Jackson’s Beat It wearing a skirt”.
Homer and the Springfields from Addleshaw Goddard filled the last slot, with what Law Rocks! attendees have come to recognise as their raw and enthusiastic style. They performed an amazing version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, which was quite something else.
After a playoff between 2Birds and PLC, the latter emerged victorious. Tulkinghorn salutes them (with the Devil’s horns sign, of course).
Should lawyers at Farrer & Co be worried? Tulkinghorn hears that Richard Parry, the new co-senior partner at the Queen’s favourite firm, has a longstanding nickname. Alarmingly, he’s also known as the Grim Reaper.
Tulkinghorn is assuming there won’t be any pay rises for associates this year.