Pinsents bans pubs as England fever hits the City

If you’re anything like Tulkinghorn, you’ve been fast and furious with the work this morning to get out in time for England’s big game against Trinidad & Tobago this afternoon, and not making last minute tinkerings to your fantasy football team.

With a 5pm kick-off, there’s plenty of firms hosting clients this afternoon for the game, and even more throwing open the doors of their boardrooms to screen the game in-house.

One firm not hosting any client hospitality this evening – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. At least, its real estate practice isn’t. Seems the job of organising the event was left to business development bod Sarah Wood. Sarah confided to Tulkinghorn she didn’t want the hassle of hosting a party with clients and partners around while she swore, screamed and spat at the screen. Like there wont be plenty of partners and clients doing that anyway tonight.

SJ Berwin’s real estate arm made use of its new outdoor rooftop area last night to host Tulkinghorn for a decidedly un-football like party with Pimms. Could this have anything to do with the steady stream towards the exit around the 8pm mark? Heavens knows, but Bryan Pickup, Simon Ricketts, David Ryland, Jon Vivian and co were all shuffling towards the exits themselves.

But spare a thought this afternoon for those Pinsent Masons lawyers who enjoy the pub atmosphere. Tulkinghorn hears that managing partner David Ryan has made a rather subtle, but strictly enforceable decree, that all viewing of England’s match must be kept in-house this afternoon.