Stamp of approval for magic circle trio

If children’s television series Postman Pat remained on our screens, the adventures of Pat Clifton would be rather different today. Instead of rescuing runaway cows and delivering giant ice cubes, today’s series would see Pat and his side-cat Jess protest against plans to privatise his postal service.

The pair don’t have much time – the UK government today said state-owned Royal Mail will be privatised “within weeks”. Hefty trio Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May have been called in to advise, and will no doubt stand their ground against Pat and Jess in the fictional village of Greendale.

As Pat and Jess’s real-life counterparts drive through the valley to give business secretary Vince Cable a piece of their mind, key legal advisers on the IPO are surely looking forward to the series to end.

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  • Eversheds has secured two lateral hires from DLA Piper in Birmingham, including corporate and office managing partner Mark Beardmore
  • King & Spalding has made its sixth partner hire in Paris with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Mehdi Haroun, formerly head of the firm’s North Africa practice
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