From deep negotiations to Deep Purple

Everyone loves a good spat, and there’s a major one brewing across the Irish Sea.

The Law Society of Ireland is trying to convince the legal profession that it should bail out the Solicitors Mutual Defence Fund, which has been hit hard by the recession, to the tune of €200 per lawyer, every year for a decade (see story).

Firms are split over whether to bailout the beleaguered fund or not, and one can only imagine how fraught negotiations are, considering the quarrelsome nature of lawyers.

But to more weighty matters, as it’s a Friday.

In news just in, and speaking of quarrelsome, a number of readers have been kicking up a storm about a Tulkinghorn story that wrongly claimed Kula Shaker wrote indie anthem Hush, when it was, in fact, Deep Purple (see story).

Tulkinghorn was obliged to apologise, but even this has been given short shrift by the long-haired lawyers. Indeed, this story is set to be as big as the Grierson-Hogan Lovells expenses scandal or the BLG-Clydes merger talks.

“The apparent apology in the above mentioned article appears to shows a lack of sincerity for the legal lovers of heavy rock on two counts,” complains one reader.

“Firstly the picture, whilst being of Deep Purple, is not the line-up which recorded the track which appeared on its debut album entitled Shades of Deep Purple in 1968.

“Secondly, to compound the first point, the line up in the picture shows lead singer David Coverdale. Hush was rerecorded by a different line up of Deep Purple with Ian Gillan as lead singer. He was replaced by David Coverdale.”

Generously, the aggrieved lawyer has offered to become ad hoc sub-editor for all stories of a heavy rock/metal persuasion, gratis.

Does that count as pro bono?


In The Lawyer on Monday: Competition lawyers, litigation funding, sheepdogs, Germans, AC Grayling and Australian associates.