Which Ashurst partner is known in the firm as ‘symbol’, in honour of diminutive purple rocker Prince, after changing his name?

Hangman’s truce
Law can be a dangerous game. The other day an Eversheds shipping partner found himself out in Beirut negotiating with a group of unhappy shipowners following a collision in the harbour, which had sent their cargo down to Davy Jones’s Locker (if you don’t know where that is, watch Russell Crowe’s star turn as Captain Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, or even better, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, and all will be revealed).

Things had already become pretty heated when the party on the other side threatened to play its trump card: if they didn’t get their way, they’d take matters into their own hands and would deal with the captain of the sunken vessel in their own way – by hanging him. Apparently, the Eversheds star managed to smooth things over, which is just as well. If he hadn’t, it was quite likely that he would have been next. His opponents? Hezbollah.

Suitless wonders
One from the days of all things dotcom. Tulkinghorn supposes, when he is in a generous frame of mind, that those days were the time for all things off-the-wall, zany, even – dare we say it? – wacky.

But it is still sad beyond belief that, at the height of the boom, an Ashurst partner was so desperate to appear hip with the kids that he issued an edict to his lawyers that they were to wear cargo pants for a meeting in dotcom zenith Shoreditch.

Separated at birth
Hammonds may have got itself all shook-up recently over money, but hey, who hasn’t? At least it can claim to have the King on board to help ease all that heartbreak. Construction head David Jones is a dead ringer for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll Elvis Presley. Uh huh. Fang you very much…

All I want is a room somewhere…
It is unlikely to surprise too many people to hear that Tulkinghorn spotted Dechert estate partner Steven Fogel checking out the office space down at Canary Wharf.

It might, however, be slightly more of a surprise if the firm actually signed up for some space.

Tulkinghorn has it on good authority that Dechert has now viewed more than 100 premises, but as yet is still to find one that suits. Now, you can take being picky too far, you know.

Aaahhhh – Greek out
They come from a firm called Wright Hassall. They drink, they dance, they go on development and awareness programmes. Bless them.

Friends reunited
Hooray for Clifford Chance’s partnership retreat. You know, the one that managed to be local, global, international and multinational all at the same time. (Apparently, some firms really are bigger than others. Or vice-versa.)

Tulkinghorn started off skulking around outside the Hilton Metropole Hotel and counting the number of serious-looking chaps who’d been deprived of their Blackberrys for all of several hours; but then he got bored overhearing all the talk about silos.

Still, Tulkinghorn was delighted to see that Clifford Chance was helping to shore up some of London’s top tourist attractions by hiring out Madam Tussauds for dinner on a recent Friday and the Natural History Museum on the following Saturday.

Imagine: Clifford Chance partners mingling with waxworks and dinosaurs. Genius.

Rumours that prizes were being handed out for anyone who could tell the dinos, waxworks and Clifford Chance partners apart were unconfirmed at the time of going to press.