It’s The Lawyer’s last issue of 2005 and we’d like to nominate the following for our Christmas awards:
The ooh-get-her prize: Dentons bitching about departing partners; Slaughters’ David Frank collecting a management gong and declaring from the podium to CC: “You were wrong.”
Most vocal associates of the year: A&O’s and Herbies’.
Biggest fees gravy trains: BCCI (£115m); Equitable (£40m); London Underground PPP (£70m); Jubilee Line fraud case (£60m); WorldCom (£109m).
Kicking a chap when he’s down trophy: Addleshaws taking Hammonds’ Leeds construction team.
U-turns of the year: CC ditching its bond issue; Reynolds Porter turning down a panel place at the NHS Litigation Authority; arch-Gooner Nigel Boardman advising Spurs.
Barmy corner: CC’s video loop of green foliage in reception; Tarlo Lyons apparently closing down its office for a flu jab day; the entire Training Framework Review.
Accidental honesty award: Allens Arthur Robinson’s Tom Poulton telling his lawyers: “We don’t run this as a holiday camp. You don’t have a right to any free time.”
Most delusional management: Norton Rose; Coudert; Rambaud Martel.
The about-time-too award: Freshfields’ corporate revamp; Herbies hiring finance partners.
The where-are-all-the-partners? prize: Jones Day; A&O.
The insane optimism trophy: Richards Butler’s US merger hunt; Eversheds’ insistence that it prefers culture to profit.
The idiot PR medal: Hogan, for locating Tokyo in China.
The scare-the-bar award: The DCA saying new QCs had to show “an understanding of diversity and cultural issues”, be “aware of their own limitations” and be able to “motivate, listen to and work with other members of the team”.
We’re back on 9 January. Happy Christmas.