Tulkinghorn: Horns of plenty

The five amateur french horn players are High Court judge Mr Justice Mann, Denton Wilde Sapte restructuring ­partner Mark Andrews, Clyde & Co partner Roger Doulton (a recent signing from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s orchestra pit), 4 New Square’s Jeremy ­Stuart-Smith QC and and Charles Russell senior counsel Laurie Watt.

The line-up was ­assembled by Nigel Black, principal horn of the ­Philharmonia ­Orchestra and the father of a child with cystic fibrosis.

The concert itself will be ­directed by Michael Thompson, a former ­principal horn of the ­Philharmonia and widely regarded as one of the leading players in the world.

All money raised from the sale of tickets to the concert will go direct to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Conked out

Lovells just can’t stay away from that charity ­fundraising stuff. Last week its lawyers were ­plastered all over ­Tulkinghorn’s diary ­dangling from ropes on the outside of Atlantic House (The Lawyer, 2 November).

This week they’re here again, appearing as losing finalists in the 2009 NSPCC City Conker Cup. This was the sixth year the event, which has helped raise more than £30,000 for the children’s charity, has taken place.

Sadly Lovells’ team ­- ‘The Naked Nuts’ – lost out to a team from FTI ­Forensic Accounting, which was crowned ‘City Conkerer’ 2009.

But, of course, as all highly ­competitive alpha lawyers know, it’s the ­taking part that counts …

Gentlemen, start your mo’s

Yes, it’s that time of year again – Movember. The month when foolhardy men across the legal profession abandon the clean-shaven look for a month to raise money for charity. While some dread Movember, others – Eversheds’ lawyers for example – have embraced the challenge with great enthusiasm.

Construction partner Simon Oats and his 12-strong team stopped shaving last week after each selecting a different style of moustache out of a hat. To spur them on the team have rather cleverly mocked up some pictures of the team sporting an impressive range of mo’s. Here, for your delectation, are a few.

Net gain

Question: how many ­senior private practice lawyers also have their own website? Answer: no idea, but Withers of counsel and libel specialist Amber Melville-Brown is one.
Luckily Withers – the firm Melville-Brown joined after a stint at David Price Solicitor Advocates – didn’t mind her keeping it going after she came on board.

Tulkinghorn supposes it keeps the profile up and stops it… er… Withering away.

Soap stud

Tulkinghorn loves nothing more than a legal ­professional with an obscure past life. And past lives don’t come more kitsch than Jeff Naqvi’s.

Word has it the global manager of business ­development and ­marketing at Salans was once a scriptwriter on the hit Aussie TV series, ­Heartbreak High. Streuth!

The soap, which was big in the mid-1990s and ­followed the lives of the angst-ridden student ­population of Hartley High School, was lauded for its fast pace and gritty story lines.

Now Tulkinghorn – long a devotee – knows who to thank.

The show is a big hit in Europe – allegedly – and Naqvi recently revealed, over a cool one, that he still gets a royalty cheque in the post every now and then (when there is a post, that is).

Naqvi keeps in touch with his artistic side with the occasional spot of dj-ing, but surely that’s not fulfilling enough? Should Neighbours ever come ­calling then Tulkinghorn believes Salans will be looking for a new PR head honcho. Here’s hoping the firm appreciates the talent it has on board.