Tulkinghorn: There's a plaice for us...
13 June 2011
There always seemed to be something fishy about SJ Berwin’s managing partner election last autumn, and now Tulkinghorn can reveal what it was.
Rob Day, elected in October after trailing in the first round of voting, used flagrant blackmail to batter his chances of eventual triumph by putting fish and chips at partner conferences at the heart of his grand strategy.
It took until the City firm’s recent partner weekend for Day to fulfil his pledge.
Given that the gathering featured a discussion on international strategy, a presentation of the firm’s financial results and a lecture on German corporate law the partners clearly needed a fish supper to keep them interested.
Lock ’n’ roll
Blackstone Chambers head Ian Mill QC has more than one claim to fame. Past clients have included musical luminaries such as U2, Pulp and Def Leppard.
Yet surely the secret of Mill’s biggest claim to fame lies in his finely trimmed barnet. It transpires that it is kept neat by the same lady who gets to rub her hands through the heads of Britain’s best loved man band - yes, ladies, Take That - every night.
That’s right, the mighty Mill attends the same hairdresser as the wacky warblers.
Shame this invaluable connection didn’t help him secure a fellow member backstage passes to a recent after-show party.
Middle name of the game
What’s in a name? Or, for that matter, an initial? Certainly, our American cousins tend to set great store by pressing into service the first letter of one’s middle name. Perhaps they believe it lends gravitas.
Now there’s a bunch of reasonably well-known lawyers over here who have either had to take advantage of the extra letter - or should have done. Hands up if you’re already acquainted with the legal double acts of two Neil Millers, two Paul Turners, two Richard Browns and two Margaret Coles. And Tulkinghorn’s personal favourite is Wolfgang Richter, a lawyer who pops up at both DLA Piper and Clifford Chance.
To this esteemed list it is now necessary to add Richard Hughes. In the past, while Hughes the elder was at Linklaters, the firm featured another, younger, lawyer also called Richard Hughes, who had to have his initial - B - added to his name to save confusion.
Then Richard B Hughes moved to Simmons & Simmons in 2007. But now Hughes senior is about to follow him. So will the older Hughes have to employ his middle initial to differentiate himself from his younger namesake?
It is questions such as these that keep Tulkin G Horn up at night.
Linklaters has long been vying for dominance in the areas of arbitration, litigation and securitisation, but it seems its latest target is ambulation.
Willing Links employees have attached counters to their hips to keep track of how many times in a given period their legs move up and down in a walking fashion. Staff have split into teams, and the team that clocks up the most steps combined wins. It’s all an attempt to promote the fine art of walking.
A Links spokesperson could not be drawn on which other firms were taking part and how the Silk Street squads were doing in comparison to the other legal and non-legal corporations battling it out to be the undisputed pace-setter of the City.
But, given the size of the Links building and the firm’s generally competitive attitude, Tulkinhorn has little doubt that it will have the walking market cornered pretty soon.