Stop the press

Some firms will go to any lengths to avoid bad news. Take Linklaters, for example. Tulkinghorn hears that when the edition of The Lawyer containing the shock news that corporate partner Peter King was joining Shearman & Sterling was published, the post room was told not to distribute copies to Linklaters lawyers.

The delay in delivery, Tulkinghorn has been informed, was enforced to allow management to decide how they wanted to tell their lawyers.

Never mind that the story was already circulating on The Lawyer website. Maybe Linklaters hasn't quite got the hang of technology.