Tulkinghorn: Summit to read…

On a Monday morning Tulkinghorn likes to find a secluded spot to catch up on the latest goings-on in The Lawyer.

It’s never easy these days, what with telephones and the like, but Tulkinghorn refuses to resort to the drastic measures taken by a bunch of Manches lawyers who took a copy of The Lawyer to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

After climbing 19,341ft and raising more than £45,000 for four charities – Co-operation Ireland, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Eve Appeal and the Rafiki Orthopaedic Foundation – managing partner Louis Manches, family partner James Stewart and Co certainly deserved a nice cup of tea with their magazine.

But did anyone remember to pack the tea lady?

Field of no dreams

Liverpool FC litigation saga ­latest. Apparently, ­Maitland Chambers’ Paul Girolami QC, instructed by Peters & Peters partners Jonathan Tickner and Keith Oliver for the club’s owners Hicks and Gillett, didn’t sleep for three days when the case was on.

And still they lost.

Back to the keyboard

Courtesy of Music in Offices, the rather lovely musical initiative that gives time-poor loves like lawyers the chance to learn an instrument at work, Tulkinghorn has learnt of an additional
skill set at the top end of Norton Rose.

“I played the piano half-heartedly at school,” trills litigation partner Deirdre Walker. “We didn’t have a piano at home so practising was a challenge – that’s my excuse anyway.

“Now my son plays the piano, so when Norton Rose introduced Music in Offices I decided to make the most of the opportunity and put the piano at home to good use.”

Walker’s lessons appear to have paid off. Tulkinghorn understands she has just passed her Grade 1 exam with merit.

Time to dust off the old bassoon.

Who’s a brolly good fellow?

The umbrella wars have begun. Last month, you may recall, Linklaters attempted to add an innovative touch to the annual law fair giveaway season by providing umbrellas to hard-up
students. The catch? The magic circle firm – average profit per equity partner £1.2m – was only lending them to the scrounging beans-on-toast-munchers, not ­donating them.

Linklaters’ ’generosity’ was rained on from a great height last month, first by Simmons & Simmons and then by Hogan Lovells.

First, Simmons wisely provided a basket of ­freebie brollies for clients who braved a downpour to see Sondheim’s Passion at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Thanks are due both for the fun and the rain shields.

But HogLove didn’t even bother with the ­pretence of an evening do to launch its Linklaters-aimed offensive. It headed straight for the prize by sending The Lawyer’s drizzle-dodgers a bucketload of bumbershoots.

“Next time it rains I expect to see the streets of London flooded with ­journalists holding our umbrellas,” said the firm’s comms head Chris Hinze.

Maybe – they sure won’t be clutching ones from Linklaters.

Mopping up in the inclusivity stakes

How’s this for diversity? Unlike many of its more elitist-minded rivals, Danish firm Bruun & Hjejle has no problem with listing staff members other than partners on its website.

In fact, Tulkinghorn has never encountered a firm that takes inclusivity to quite the same lengths as Bruun. Along with the usual lowly assistants, legal interns and secretaries is one job title that proves how seriously the firm takes the concept of a level playing field. Stand up ’Janardan Adhikari, dishwasher’ – your time has come.