It cannot be. Tulkinghorn is distressed to hear that Hammonds partners are already taking bets on the successor to the venerable Chris Jones, Yorkshireman to the stars.
Chris's term as managing partner runs out next year, and a mole tells Tulkinghorn that Hammonds' lawyers are already running a book on the next chief.
Apparently, Nick Allen is topping the poll by a mile, so start lunching him fast. At least Nick doesn't fall into the category of the managing partner of a Large And Quite Posh City Firm, who was apparently only elected so all the partners could safely ignore him.