Separated at birth

Given his vast wealth and love of football, Slaughter and May’s tax department is the last place you would expect to find Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. After all, if he was to make the somewhat bizarre career change to become a lawyer, then surely he would have been better placed to work under the tutelage of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom European supremo and Chelsea Village chairman Bruce Buck. But it is at Slaughters that The Lawyer’s sleuths have found Abramovich, going by the pseudonym Graham Earles. This revelation, though, is likely to cause some friction with corporate bigwig Nigel Boardman, a devoted fan of Arsenal – the very club Chelsea defeated to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.