Tulkinghorn: Lovely bubbly

Tulkinghorn was left ­craving his regular evening tipple of Bollinger last week after the partners at Olswang caused a run on the glug in Holborn.

Specifically, the firm’s senior partner Mark ­Devereux was to blame. Last week ’Dev’ spent most of his time knocking on partners’ doors and ­handing them a bottle of the fizzy stuff. The reason? It was his way of marking lawyers who have ­completed a 10-year stint at the media’s favourite law firm based at 90 High Holborn.

Head of corporate ­Fabrizio Carpanini, who joined a decade ago from what was then Berwin Leighton, was one. As was head of finance Moni ­Mannings and partner Chris Mackie. Olswang was awash with bubbles last week.

Tulkinghorn ­understands, however, that ­Devereux’s timing on this was very precise. Corporate partner Steven Rosen had had to delay his start date 10 years ago by a week, meaning he should be ­getting his knock on the door today.

It seems Tulkinghorn will remain thirsty.

That’s my girl

While noses run in ­Tulkinghorn’s family, the parental gift in Greg ­Jordan’s home is ­apparently top-notch negotiating skills.

The Reed Smith global chairman was over on this side of the Atlantic ­recently, checking up on the progress of the London office in its swanky new Liverpool Street home.

Word is, Jordan was all set to return to the States on the Friday until his 18-year-old daughter ­convinced him a better course of action would be to take her to Paris on a birthday shopping trip.

“This could set me back thousands,” ­Jordan ­admitted.

Vanity sea-farer

Tulkinghorn relocated from the heart of the City to a pied-à-terre on the banks of the ­fragrant River Thames some time ago. Ever since, the great man has mulled over the ­possibility of ­journeying to work via ­jetski.

It appears, however, that Addleshaw Goddard ­partner William Wastie is well ahead of him. The partnership specialist, who works in Addleshaws’ ­professional practices and LLP group, is a habitual user of the river taxi to get to work in the morning.

Though perhaps Wastie is getting a little too ­proprietorial? Tulkinghorn learned recently that on one of this year’s chillier days, when Wastie arrived at Addleshaws he told his colleagues: “There was snow on my boat this morning.”

Willing and sables

You don’t work at Slaughter and May if your preference is for taking it easy. For proof, see ­Alexander Brennan, 2.5 year PQE corporate associate and participant in the upcoming
six-day, 151-mile race across the Sahara desert known as the Marathon des Sables.

Brennan’s involvement in the ’toughest footrace on earth’ is in aid of Facing Africa, a charity that ­supports those who suffer from the ­disfiguring and potentially fatal disease Noma.

Judging by Brennan’s description, any funds he raises will be extremely well-deserved: “During the race I will endure temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit by day, with temperatures reaching freezing at night. Competitors are required to carry everything they will need for the duration on their backs in a rucksack. Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.”

Tulkinghorn, sitting comfortably by his fire with the large whisky he was handed moments ago, would like to offer his warmest support. Those who also wish to support Brennan with his extremely worthy cause may do so here: http://tinyurl.com/yjoodjh.

Lawyers on top

SJ Berwin has a ­dominance workshop next month. For some simple-minded, easily amused individuals – notably those at The Lawyer – this was enough to raise a titter.
Just don’t mention it to the workshop chair, SJ Berwin chair Simon Holmes.

“Oh come on, there have been provisions on ­dominance since 1957. It’s old hat,” railed Holmes.

Tulkinghorn’s trembling hack risked another cheeky question, inquiring as to whether there was likely to be any dress code for the event. Black leather, ­perhaps?

“Certainly not,” barked the increasingly irate Holmes. “Nobody has ever suggested there is anything unusual about this at all.”

That said, the outraged Holmes did admit to the odd giggle when, as a trainee, he experienced one of his first dominant position cases. “It involved the London Rubber Company,” he recalled.

Tulkinghorn thought it best not to enquire about enforcement methods, made his excuses and left.