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Dramatic news reached Tulkinghorn last week about rumours of a brand new boutique formed by three Bird & Bird partners.
The shock value stems primarily from the fact that one of the partners, technology specialist Simon Shooter, has only been with the firm for two months, having joined earlier this year as part of the mass technology exodus from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.
But the heavyweight nature of all of the lawyers involved means this is potentially a devastating blow for TwoBirds. The new firm also features the joint head of Bird & Bird's international employment practice Ian Hunter and corporate tax specialist of 20 years' standing Peter Fisher.
It is thought that the new boutique, the provenance of which could not be confirmed at press time, allegedly focuses primarily on sports law, with a particular (if unfashionable) line in blood sports. It is believed to be planning a soft launch over the coming months, with an official opening day on the 'glorious' 12 August, the start of the grouse-shooting season.
The name of the new firm? Hunter Shooter & Fisher.