Mickey Mouse merger

Who can blame the humble Dibb Lupton partnership for being a little starstruck?

Since the 1 January merger, you can’t move at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary for all the US governors, peacemakers and politicians pacing the corridors – and new senior partner Senator George Mitchell is a scary case in point.

But it takes more than negotiating the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement and being a US senator to impress DLA partners.

It seems that, when not integrating the world’s fourth-largest firm and resolving international conflicts, Mitchell also finds time to act as a director for the Walt Disney Company. Reports that Nigel Knowles has borrowed a Peter Pan costume for his impending honeymoon remain unsubstantiated.