Reining in the lawyers

While Mrs Tulkinghorn is a big fan of the Channel Islands as a holiday destination, it is not often that its legal market is regarded as a driving force in the development of law firm practice. It was only a month or two ago, for example, that The Lawyer reported on what is believed to have been the first lateral hire at partner level between two rival domestic firms. It seems, though, that the landscape is changing.
Just take a look at Guernsey firm Collas Day, which has announced that, in response to “recent international legal developments”, it has embarked upon a recruitment drive. The press release that arrived on Tulkinghorn's desk last week reveals the first fruits of that drive: five new lawyers will be joining the firm. Scanning the release, and noting that it did not appear that the firm was recruiting any new partners, one could have been forgiven for failing to inform the wider public of this development, particularly as one of the recruits only graduated last year. However, Tulkinghorn was drawn by the biography on a certain Graham Madeley. It is not Madeley's experience as a barrister that attracted Tulkinghorn, though, or his time spent as a director of a “major UK plc”, or even that he was a consultant to Eastern European governments in the area of corporate restructuring and privatisation. No, such accolades on one's CV pale into insignificance when one reads that Mr Madeley is an accomplished horseman and has appeared as a stunt rider in such films as Rob Roy and Henry V.
Mrs Tulkinghorn was certainly impressed and is already planning a weekend in Guernsey next June, but had one straightforward question for Mr Madeley: what are you doing being a lawyer?