The rain event

Thanks are due to Lawrence Graham (oh okay, LG) for laying on the best BBQ of the year so far last Tuesday (19 June).

The bash, the first Lawrence Graham (okay, okay LG) do to see daylight (until now they’ve been held in a crypt on Halloween) was a celebration of the firm’s new building down by the river.

And of course, LG took advantage of its new wide-open spaces to cook some burgers. Which was fine until the skies opened, drenching the marquee-style canopies it had rigged up outside. Cue a few soggy baps and a gradual drift to the safety of indoors.

Still, LG deserves enormous credit for having the foresight to include a brolly in its farewell goody bag, not to mention a bottle of fizz.

It’s that kind of forward planning that makes Tulkinghorn almost believe that the firm’s shocking financials this year are genuinely the result of investment, and not because half of its lawyers jumped ship.

No holds barredThe job of a litigator is dangerously close to that of a wrestler. Fish-hooking and eye-gouging are not allowed in either, but pretty much anything else is.

McDermott Will & Emery London IP head Larry Cohen has probably noticed this in the course of a dispute between client the Ultimate Fighting Championship and challenger Cage Rage.

Cohen had to go and witness an Ultimate Fighting match himself for some background on the case. The sport is the second most popular in the US and is famous for its brutal, no-holds-barred fighting.

“I didn’t not like it,” said Cohen coyly. “There’s real punching.” Unlike in the High Court, where there’s just verbal pummelling.

Here’s hoping that Cohen hasn’t been inspired to enter the ring himself – a court order is unlikely to do much damage.