Balancing tact

Back at Clifford Chance, the magic circle firm and mid-size rival Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) must have spent an extortionate number of hours at the negotiating table last week, as it appears a fair trade has been made between the two firms.

While BLP is crowing about its success in tempting real estate stalwart Robert ‘Canary Wharf’ MacGregor away from the global giant, Clifford Chance is equally excited about securing the expertise of BLP’s well-regarded press relations manager Anna ‘the Scoop’ Ward.

As BLP is sure to have already begun making plans to woo MacGregor’s weighty client list away from Clifford Chance, perhaps the firm’s decision to poach Ward was even more enlightened than originally thought.

Especially as it will now have the inside track on all of BLP’s smoothest PR moves. Tulkinghorn can barely contain his excitement at what a revamped Clifford Chance PR machine may produce.