Tulkinghorn: Tenants’ super strength

Tulkinghorn always ­suspected that the ­Blackstone Chambers lot were hardcore, but even he was surprised by some of their antics earlier this month.

Blackstone’s newbies finally call it a night
Blackstone’s newbies finally call it a night

Monday 4 July was not only American Independence Day, it was also the day that Blackstone anointed its new door tenants – three in total. The solemnity and white-smokeyness of the occasion was immediately offset by the ensuing ­monumental session that entailed a late-night ­dinner followed by partying at legendary London night club Heaven. Until 6am. Including dancing on the podium.

Tulkinghorn knows who the guilty culprits are, but will, for now, keep schtum.

Lots in a name…

Midlands firm Shakespeares is all set to break into the UK 100 this year, fresh from a whole series
of mergers. The various smaller firms that have ­contributed to the larger whole have all ­sacrificed their names in the interests of a nice clear brand that has the advantage of being tied to the Bard.

But, Tulkinghorn can reveal, the firm could have gone down a very ­different route. Managing partner Paul Wilson says Shakespeares was considering Greek and Latin names, and was close to sealing the deal on a Greek name. Until ­someone piped up ­querying whether this was shared with a pizza brand. So Shakespeares went back to basics.

After all, ’Aristotles’ or ’Homers’ just doesn’t have the same ring.

Ticket to deride

Let’s not lie to ourselves: lawyers aren’t the most popular people in the world. However, there’s one job that’s so maligned it makes lawyers look as well liked as the people who give out free sample sausages at supermarkets: traffic wardens.

Keith Shaw, academic and associate litigator at Pinsent Masons, has ­experience of both. Not of handing out sausages at supermarkets, but of being both a lawyer and a traffic warden. Shaw used to ­ticket errantly parked cars during his holidays when at university.

“It was very good ­practice for dealing with rude people, which I ­experience daily being a ­litigator,” says Shaw,
who must surely have the ­thickest skin in the legal profession.

The only way he could possibly top that is to ­perhaps take up seal ­clubbing as a hobby.

Pecs in the City

When Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer London managing ­partner Mark ­Rawlinson went on stage to collect his Partner of the Year ­trophy at this year’s The Lawyer Awards, host Rob Brydon remarked that Rawlinson looked
like he had been working out.

Now, we all know what a joker Brydon can be, but a little digging has found that Rawlinson has indeed been ­sloping off from the office to polish his guns – and he’s not the only City lawyer to do so.

Check out the ­testimonials on The Gym Hatton Garden, a private training studio founded by former sprint cyclist ­Graham Sharman, and you’ll find statements from a veritable who’s who of lawyers: Addleshaw ­Goddard managing ­partner Paul Devitt (his name spelt wrong), Hogan Lovells co-chair John Young, Freshfields partner Peter Hall and Stuart Catchpole QC.

“In a very short period he had me lifting weights I had previously thought I would only ever look at,” wrote Young.
And we thought Young’s muscles, on display at Hogan Lovell’s partner conference this year, were just the work of a padded suit.