In the lap of the law

As Allen & Overy's property developers fight with local traders at Spitalfields over the firm's planned new office location, Clifford Chance lawyers moving to their new Docklands office are facing a rather different local uprising. Last week, Tulkinghorn reported that a second strip club was planning to open in the Docklands, possibly inspired by the firm's various flirtations with such clubs, as first revealed in this column.
But The Lawyer's Docklands correspondent has since discovered that the owner of the West India Quay building applying for permission to set up that second strip club has had the request turned down by the local council.
Rumours of a Clifford Chance vote on applying to Tower Hamlets council to create its own Docklands principality governed by its own laws, where strippers and lap dancers could happily run free, were unconfirmed at the time Tulkinghorn went to press.