While you were away…

T.S. Eliot may not have much enjoyed April’s proclivity for mixing root and rain, but for news hungry types August is certainly the cruellest month.

Little tends to happen when the majority of the City’s finest legal minds are hitting the beaches of the southern Mediterranean armed with nothing weightier than a cool box and the latest Stieg Larsson novel.

Not so this time round, however, as the news mill has kept turning through the late summer haze. So, fully aware that the first day back after the Bank Holiday is a time for catching up, here’s a rundown on what you might have missed.

Any A&O staff turning up all sun-tanned and light of wallet to the firm’s Canary Wharf base after an extended break might like to know that they’ll have to start packing up those cardboard boxes after the decision to relocate to its Liverpool Street HQ (see story).

That surprise will seem like small-fry to any Hammonds partners who turned off their BlackBerrys in Disneyland to find that their firm is suddenly on the verge of a merger with Squire Sanders & Dempsey (see story). The contest for best suggestion for the name of the new firm has already kicked off with The DHSS taking an early lead.

And talking of firms with transatlantic mergers on their minds, how about the goings on at SJ Berwin, where managing partner Ralph Cohen announced that he is to stand down 18 months ahead of time (see story).

But all of these developments fade into virtual insignificance against the revelation that Linklaters is to keep printing its graduate recruitment brochures (see story).

Now you’re all up to speed, maybe it’s time to start ploughing through that inbox.