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Song For You - calling musicians
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13 March 2013

Former Hogan Lovells lawyer Dominic Hammond has set up a music charity called Song For You, which aims to bring cheer to hospital patients by taking live music to them.


It's not a case of getting any generous soul with Grade One on the recorder to play for patients; Hammond is a pretty serious musician in his spare time and has harnessed the skills of his skilled musician friends to take part in the hospital sessions.

It's early days for SFY but the charity has already got brilliant musicians on board, and has support from Help the Heroes and Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity. So if you're a talented muscian who fancies taking part (or you're tone deaf but would like to help out in other ways) get in touch here and follow SFY on the Twitter.
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Litigation of the week: Chubby Checker sues over penis length app
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19 February 2013

Rock 'n roll star (and dancer of the twist) Chubby Checker has hit the headlines today for  launching a lawsuit over an eponymous app which promises to predict the size of a man's penis.


Poor Checker, at the grand old age of 71, he probably wants to be whiling away time on a rocking chair, on his porch, humming The Twist. Instead he's had to commence legal action against Hewlett Packard and Palm over the highly-scientific sounding Chubby Checker app.

According to a Guardian report, the app's blurb read: "Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of there [sic] member is? … All you need to do is find out the man's shoe size and plug it in and … there is no need for disappointment or surprise."

Unfortunately disappointment and surprise seem to have been exactly Checker's reaction to the app. He's now claiming an eye-watering $500m for "irreparable damage and harm done to his reputation" as "one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time". As the amount is said to include "all-profits" made from the app, it's possible the singer may be over-reaching somewhat. Reports suggest the $0.99 app has been downloaded only 84 times.

Still, this is unlikely to stop Checker's aptly-named lawyer, Willy Gary, from pursuing the claim with vigour.


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Farrers tax lawyer moonlights as goth rock bassist
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12 February 2013

It used to be that many a lawyer was a writer manqué, but there also seems to be a heavy contingent who fancy themselves musicians.

Cast your mind back two years ago and DMH Stallard's real estate partner Martin Allen, who made a brave foray into the music industry. Leveraging his interestingly monotonic singing style and such immortal lyrics as "the ice cap's a meltin, the sea is at your door", it remains a mystery why his Rational Anthem album never troubled the charts. And don't forget law firms' collective efforts. Few who saw Kennedys' inexplicable Queen cover (before it was swiftly removed from YouTube) or Mishcon's tuneless endeavour ever will.

But some manage to juggle a legal and musical career with rather more panache. Blur drummer Dave Rowntree combined a training contract at Kinglsey Napley with performances at the Brits and just hop over to the US for some truly fine musical parody videos from the legal fraternity across the pond.

To this more auspicious list we can now add Farrers' tax lawyer David Quentin. Not only does Quentin have an enviable CV (Cambridge, a 3 Stone Buildings pupillage, a stint at A&O) and the looks of a Hackney hipster who's wound up in tax law after a particularly ironic night out at Dalston Superstore, but he is also the bassist for goth rockers The Murder Act.

   
David Quentin: spot the difference
Described by Time Out as "five black-clad Londoners" specialising in "intensity, big pounding drums and some great guitar slicing", the magazine advises fans of goth rock to "keep a kohl-heavy eye on this lot". And for those who enjoy songs which "sound a bit like being snatched from Earth to face the judgement of a vengeful God" (and come on, who doesn't?), Rapture can be yours forever for the princely sum of €1. Just click here.

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Cruel punishment for BLP trainees
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08 February 2013

Berwin Leighton Paisner has forced its trainees to undergo a punishing assault course at Sandhurst - all feeding each other feet first through spiders' webs, carrying buckets of water through dark tunnels and running with eggs. But as if that wasn't enough, after all that organised fun, BLP made the trainees write a song about the firm and sing it to camera. And don't they look pleased about it?


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Letting off steam in Grimsby Court
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08 February 2013

This is Grimsby has broken what will very probably be the legal story of the year (hat tip @frankseedrs). The paper has reported on a very strange set of events, which last week shattered the "quiet dignity" of Grimsby Magistrates' Court.

The first disturbance to court proceedings came when the sound of a very loud fart emanated from the public gallery. Nobody apologised for the flatulence, leaving the members of the gallery "casting anxious looks" in the fear that the bottom crime would be pinned on them.

Moments later, in what This is Grimsby refers to conspiratorially as a "seemingly unrelated incident", the lights went off momentarily before flickering back on again.

Spooky.

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Horse play
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05 February 2013

A Texan man, caught having sex with his neighbours horse, told police that he was trying to make the horse pregnant with a "horse-man baby".

As well as boasting a rather fragile grip on biology, Andrew Mendosa also seems to have a rather short attention span. He explained to police that he had been waiting at home for a call from his girlfriend, according to a report in the Sun, "I told myself that if she didn't call me I was going next door to mess with the neighbour's horse". Sadly for the horse, she didn't call in time.

    A horse-man baby yesterday

Medoza pleaded guilty to pulic lewdness and criminal trespass and was sentenced to four years in jail.
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Jones Day demotes more partners
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05 February 2013

Jones Day has demoted at least three of its partners to Of Counsel roles.

The three partners are in funds, M&A and employment and have all been demoted over the course of the last 18 months. As well as a loss of status (and having to sheepishly pass out new business cards to clients, change their email signatures etc),each will now be earning a chunk less.

    Jones Day yesterday

The firm has form for demoting partners. At least five were 'made down' in 2009, some of whom subsequently found themselves working for partners they had promoted.

To be fair to Jones Day, at least these partners are still employed; other firms simply chuck unwanted partners out on their ears. But it does seem harsh to demote lawyers to Of Counsel, when simply dropping them down to salaried partner would surely have the twin advantage of keeping partner profits high and not publicly humiliating their lawyers.

A spokesman for the firm said that partners became counsel for "several reasons", but he wouldn't comment on individual cases.
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Exclusive: FFW partner suspended
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01 February 2013

One of Field Fisher Waterhouse's most well-known partners, Mark Abell, has today been suspended by the partnership after he announced that he was leaving for a competitor firm.

The news follows a pretty horrible year for the firm in which two merger attempts failed and rumours abound of bitter divisions in the partnership.

More to follow.



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Fleet Street protests: Police cordon off road as protester scales a building
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28 January 2013

It's all kicking off on Fleet Street today. Police have cordoned off part of the road between Fetter Lane and Chancery Lane as a protestor appears to have scaled a building to unfurl a banner. At the time of passing, police abseilers were getting into harnesses.

The protester's (Charlton Harris), beef is with one Judge James Goss. From the Harris' website - an almost impenetrably dense and heavily capitalised rant - it seems that he was accused of bottling another man during an altercation in a pub.

Harris' website forcibly denies this and he's even done some handy living room reconstructions to demonstrate his innocence. He peppers his account of the incident with references to "corruption", "smoking guns" and "shams". As well as plastering expert witness Dr Jan Lowe's telephone number all over the site.

What he's hoping to achieve from this stunt is unclear - but if it's publicity I guess it's worked.
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Trainee retention update: Allen & Overy
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22 January 2013

Allen & Overy is the latest firm to reveal its trainee retention rate. It has confirmed that 38 jobs were offered jobs to its 53 March qualifiers - 37 of them accepted and will be staying on with the firm, giving A&O a retention rate of 70%.

    70% of A&O's trainees yesterday 

It's not really a figure to scream and shout about - A&O managed 79% in August and an impressive 89% in March 2012 - but a lot better than insiders' fears that around 50% of trainees would be left out in the cold.

If you know what's happening with retention at your shop, click here to let us know (anonymously of course).


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