Talk to any Clifford Chance financial regulatory lawyer these days and chances are they’ll shout out: “Sea of change.”
Once your spluttering has died down at this apparent non sequitur you’ll realise they’re referring to Clifford Chance’s catchline for describing the wave of regulatory changes introduced since the financial crisis, along with the belt-tightening impact on the firm’s core client base of financial institutions.
Or are they? Because if one is talking of tightening belts, Tulkinghorn recently learnt that a few months ago Clifford Chance told its staff they needed to do just that. Instead of just providing pastries in conference rooms, the firm now also provides fruit.
10 Upper Bank Street never seemed like Canary Wharf’s Obesity Central, but to Clifford Chance’s management maybe it did.
Consequently the firm has issued an edict to its staff to watch their waistlines and consequently has started offering bowls of healthier stuff to munch on. Hopefully resulting in a change we can all… er… see.
Weil Gutfull & Munchers
Staying with food, when one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes heard that Weil Gotshal & Manges had called a high-level meeting for all its London partners on 6 October lasting until 8pm, said scribbler felt compelled to investigate.
Now Tulkinghorn can reveal that the ’strategy meeting’ concerned one of the most critical aspects of the US firm’s recent City office switch: grub.
Weil, it emerges, has upped the quality of its catering since the move to Fetter Lane this month. The meeting was designed to give the team the chance to test out the new delicacies.
Three choices of starter and three choices of main course were on offer. Quite why this needed to last all afternoon and well into the evening is anyone’s guess, particularly given that there were no speeches.
“We don’t do that sort of thing,” said one insider.
Not so long ago Tulkinghorn revealed to the world that SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day had promised colleagues a slap-up fish and chips supper at partner retreats as one of the pillars of his 2010 election manifesto.
Could it be that Weil London boss Mike Francies is also trying to curry favour?
Stragglers live down to their name
CMS Cameron McKenna’s legendary band The Stragglers, a one-time winner of LawRocks, the legal market’s very own battle of the bands, loosened its sweaty rock ’n’ roll grip on the number one slot last month when it came third in the firm’s own in-house music competition.
Six bands took to the stage at Shoreditch venue 93 Feet East in front of a packed crowd and a panel of highly distinguished judges. Well, one was a famous music producer, while the others, who apparently just wandered
in off the street, featured a hack from The Lawyer and a representative of Camerons’ charity of choice, Special Olympics Great Britain.
Camerons’ gang was game, but the sheer raucous punk energy of winners Ubermanouevre – a band from patent and trademark attorney firm EIP, which showed the crowd how a Lady Gaga cover should be done – won the day.
Camerons partner Jonathan Dames, lead guitarist in The Stragglers, said he had no problem coming third.
“If Blind Melon have taught us nothing else, and they probably haven’t, ’Three is a Magic Number’, said Dames. “Perhaps if we’d played that tune instead of the stinkers we actually chose we’d have done a bit better than third.”
The annual event raised £3,325.66 for Special Olympics.