Panel newborn for Credit Agricole

Well everyone else is talking about it, so we might as well. To those of you who sleep with a Blackberry under your pillow and haven’t seen daylight since Christmas – the royal baby is on its way.

While the world speculates baby names, gender and Zodiac signs, Credit Agricole is humming over something of its own. Instead of talking baby, the French bank is busy deciding who should stay on its new panel, with firms on the hotlist understood to include Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells.

If any Royals are reading, how’s this for a suggestion: perhaps you could use Credit Agricole’s ten-firm panel for some name inspiration? After all, the in-house legal team was a finalist at this year’s The Lawyer Awards, so they must be doing something right. The rest of you, cast your votes now over whether the next generation of babies will be named Clifford or Hogan.

If none of this tickles your tonsils, here’s what else has been happening in the world: Chris Froome rode to victory at Tour de France yesterday, and a woman in Manchester rode into McDonald’s on a horse.

Now get back to work.

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  • Baker & McKenzie has shaken up the London management committee with partners Helen Bradley and Monica Kurnatowska added to the board