Tulkinghorn: Spiffy upper lips

Monckton Chambers managed to raise £2,150.23 for prostate cancer charity Movember. Tulkinghorn salutes them and their moustaches.

Fine tunes

Slaughter and May’s M&A maestro Nigel Boardman is well known for his prowess at the deals table, but Tulkinghorn was delighted to discover that he and the City bigwig have something in ­common: a love of drink. Alcoholic drink. Or, at least, while Tulkinghorn likes quaffing it, Boardman likes singing about it.

Rumour has it that boardroom ace Boardman used to wow his Japanese clients with an after-­dinner rendition of Little Brown Jug. That just ­happens to be one of ­Tulkinghorn’s favourite karaoke songs. He’d love to share a platform – and a glass – with Boardman:
“Me and Nige live all alone/In a lovely big house we call our own;/Nige loves gin and Tulk loves rum,/And don’t we have a lot of fun!”

Record ­breaker

In these awful modern times when it is incumbent upon one to obsess about data security and precision in all things records ­related, it is heartening to hear that one firm at least once took a slightly more lax approach.

Tulkinghorn learned the other day that ­Travers Smith’s ­incoming ­managing partner Andrew ­Lilley was once the ­beneficiary of his firm’s lackadaisical approach.

Lilley let slip to one of Tulkinghorn’s spies that he had been rejected when he first applied to Travers for a job and had been forced to accept a job at that ­second-rate alternative, Freshfields. Several years later, Lilley reapplied and look at him now.

Who says keeping records is a good idea?

Viva Hong King

Tulkinghorn has spent the past few days hiding embarrassing photographs of himself enjoying the ­festive season: that ­incident with the ­photocopier was never meant to be documented.

The Christmas party season is always ­remembered for that cheeky snog under the mistletoe that was never meant to be, or the ­cringe-worthy rendition of George Michael songs on the karaoke.

But at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert it will be ­remembered as the year that Elvis ­attended the Hong Kong office party. Elvis, ­otherwise known as senior partner Simon ­Konsta, donned a ­rhinestone-encrusted jumpsuit and quiff-laden wig to party.

Never say lawyers don’t know how to have fun.

Marathon man
Tulkinghorn would like to extend his sincere ­apologies to the much maligned Legal & General group general counsel Geoffrey Timms.

Late last year, ­Tulkinghorn related a story about how Timms had gamely taken part in the New York marathon. Timms, we suggested, had struggled round the course in nine hours. Not so.
“It was 1999 when we did it and it was for Cancer Research,” recalls the in-houser. “I was a little bit faster than nine hours [in fact, Timms managed it in four-and-a-bit hours] but was sadly well beaten at the finishing line by a Womble. Mind you, the Womble had probably not been out late in Manhattan the night before.”

Arctic toll

Tulkinghorn is not averse to a bit of charity ­fundraising. He has run his half-marathons, believe it or not, thrown himself from planes and even bathed in baked beans for Comic Relief one year.

But such efforts have been put to shame by an associate at CMS’s Sofia outpost. Pavlin Stoyanoff almost lost his toes to frostbite when he braved -25° temperatures ­during an Arctic biathlon to raise money for Kids Company.

Managing partner ­Duncan Weston – who is believed to have retained all of his lower digits – led an 18-strong Camerons team (not including the huskies) on the Icelandic adventure, raising almost £40,000 in the process.