Tulkinghorn: The Sparrow has landed

Johnny Depp was doing the rounds recently. You may have noticed the Pirates of the Caribbean star popping up at a London school in full Captain Jack Sparrow costume after one of the children wrote to him asking him to help out in a mutiny against her teachers.

But it wasn’t only nine-year-olds benefiting from the Hollywood star’s presence in the UK. On 8 October barristers at Inner Temple sets were agog when their leafy corner of town was transformed into 18th century London.
Sadly, filming didn’t begin until the quiet of the weekend had descended, thereby denying ranks of ­
wig-wearing movie-lovers at Fountain Court, Blackstone and 13 King’s Bench Walk their chance to wave inanely at Depp and shout, inaccurately, “A vast behind!”.

What a Jolly old Kop-out

The majority of the ­footballing community – apart from a small pocket of loyal Merseysiders – has been chuckling away at the travails of Liverpool FC for some time. But the ­neverending saga of the ownership of the club may now finally be, er, nearing an end thanks, to some extent, to its legal adviser Slaughter and May. With such a prime mandate on the books you’d think head of sport Andrew Jolly would be keeping close tabs on the deal.

Apparently not. Taking the idea of conflict management to a personal level Jolly, a dyed-in-the-wool Evertonian, told one of Tulkinghorn’s spies he is keeping well clear of takeover proceedings, obviously not wanting to be seen to be helping out the Blues’ cross-city rivals.

Well, you often hear about Slaughters partners being Toffee-nosed but did anyone know that
this is what it meant?

Crock of ages
Tulkinghorn couldn’t fail to notice that US firm K&L Gates recently snared the number one position in a rather random survey that ranked law firms according to their performance in what it calls ’The Great Recession’.

Sorry? The what?

Next week K&L Gates is likely to be voted top firm during the ­General Strike, the Napoleonic Wars and the Crusades.

But Tulkinghorn can’t confirm rumours that a recently discovered scroll reveals that the firm was also handed some stone tablets by Moses.


The 21st century reached Aberdeen last week with the news that Aberdein Considine has started using iPads in court.

The Scottish firm says its lawyers are using the gizmos to store papers, thus doing away with all those nasty cumbersome court-bound bundles.

Aberdein Considine, which claims to be the first firm in the country to take Apples in front of m’lud, apparently plans to ­introduce iPads across its legal, financial and property departments.

As litigation partner Rob Aberdein says: “It is immediately apparent that the introduction of the iPad to our business has offered a broad spectrum of practical and ­commercial advantages.”

Movies, TV shows, ­Facebook… the list is ­endless.

Rush to Justice

Any readers who retain a half-decent long-term memory might recall the hoo-hah surrounding Mr Justice Peter Smith’s ­proposed move into ­private practice with Addleshaw Goddard in 2007. Suffice to say that talks broke down in less than the most harmonious of circumstances.

Fast-forward a few years and one of Tulkinghorn’s elves was surprised to see the name of one Peter Smith on the list of ­Addleshaws delegates at the International Bar Association’s recent ­get-together in Vancouver. Sniffing a big story the excited scribe did some digging, only to discover that the Peter Smith in question is the firm’s ­former chief operating ­officer, now a consultant. Put that Pulitzer on ice.