Hyping error

The curse of the hyped-up press release struck Latham & Watkins recently, resulting in a well-aimed slap on the wrist.

One of Tulkinghorn’s more reliable in-house moles informed him the other day that the US firm had issued some waffle that put its name in big, bright lights for what, in fact, was a very minor, discrete part of a deal.

As soon as he saw the release that had Latham’s name plastered all over it, the in-houser phoned the partner and told him: “If you want to make sure that Latham never gets a piece of work from us again, you’re going the right way about it.”

Consider yourselves told.