Whiff or without you

So much for clients getting worried over Clifford Chance 'padding' its billable hours. One general counsel said she cares less about how much a firm bills and more about how presentable its partners are.

Said general counsel on one occasion even decided against instructing one partner on the basis that he “smells”. She went on to say that she was happy with whatever a firm such as Clifford Chance bills, and would even ask it to put in bigger ones just to keep it sweet for the next occasion she instructs it.