Tulkinghorn: Goggle images

Who does Chris Carroll think he is? Tulkinghorn recently caught a glimpse of the blueblood lawyer sporting a supremely snazzy pair of ­outsize funky specs that seemed completely out of ­character for the Travers senior partner.

Chris Carroll
Chris Carroll

Then the penny dropped. Carroll thinks he’s Tim Eyles.

Licence to kill, grill and have your fill

Regular readers will already have thrilled to the tales of Watson Farley & Williams partner Olga Baglay and her skills as a pheasant huntress (see last week’s Tulkinghorn if you’re confused). But Baglay isn’t the only lawyer out there who enjoys ­taking pot shots at our feathered friends.

Ashurst corporate chief Stephen Lloyd recently applied for a shotgun licence and, despite shooting rifles for England as a mere strip of a lad, has even paid for a few lessons so he can hunt down the birds currently patrolling his garden.

But this isn’t just your typical bloodlust from a private equity predator. No, gourmand Lloyd’s dream is to serve up a full banquet of food that has been reared, killed and cooked entirely on his
own land.

Eat your heart out Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Lit knack’s Paddy’s craic

Weightmans managing partner Paddy Gaul is known for his unorthodox approach to management. You’re more likely to hear him waxing lyrical on music or literature than you are to be at the receiving end of a monologue on profit and KPIs.

So it should come as no surprise that Gaul recently wrote a pantomime.

Again, using his unorthodox take on things, Gaul combined his passion for all things Irish (he runs an Irish literature club in Liverpool and is actively involved in the local Irish Centre) with his love of the arts. The result was Cindereilly.

As he spends the day job trying to take over Mace & Jones and Vizards Wyeth, Tulkinghorn’s advice to Gaul is to “look behind you!” at previous regional mergers, such as the Halliwells-James Chapman & Co tie-up to see if he can learn ­anything useful.

Spin triers

Pinsent Masons is a firm that is refreshingly ’unspun’. There are signs, however, that it may be looking to reform its image. And how.

Eager to throw off the unsexy ’national’ epithet and to be seen as more than just a bunch of decent people, the firm invited Alastair Campbell along to its recent partner conference.

The former spin doctor supremo coached Pinsents partners on his 10 strategy points, telling them to “be bold” and to “put their heads above the parapet”.

Expect to see partners launching ’New Pinsent Masons’ in the near future, followed a few years down the line by them selling their memoirs on what it was really like working so closely with Salans.