Heaven Kent

Partnership. The perennial carrot for many hardworking associates, but how to achieve it? Billing 3,000 hours a year? Improving your handicap and thereby your networking skills, perhaps? A few beers with your group head? Tulkinghorn can reveal an easier way: move to Sevenoaks.

One can glean a lot from statistics, and with the same logic that states you’re more likely to die of a heart attack if you live up north, if you live in Sevenoaks you’re far more likely to be made a partner at a top City firm. The evidence? The Kent town is literally crawling with partners.

Ashurst has a particular concentration of them, with Tulkinghorn spotting partners Nigel Parr, David Kershaw, David Page, Richard and Philip Vernon and Stephen Lloyd in their natural habitat.

Meanwhile, Norton Rose corporate finance partner Robin Brooks, Clifford Chance competition partner Oliver Bretz and the firm’s lesser spotted managing partner (or Childicus Clifford Chanceoram) have been known to frequent a nearby dwelling (not together, mind you).

But what to aspire to if you’re already one of the many partners who already live in Sevenoaks? The fact that private equity gurus Ian Gray of Candover and Guy Hands of Terra Firma both live in the neighbourhood speaks volumes.

Tulkinghorn wonders what the protocol is for popping round for a cup of sugar?