Every week RoF gets twifty thousand press releases on hires and fires. Straight to recycling.
Apart from one this week from Avonhurst.
Avonhurst was set up last year by Jonathan Bloom, a lawyer who escaped the pit of Sarlacc that is Jones Day's London office to set up a boutique, high end finance firm. Offices in St James's, private equity clients, Savile Row suits, all that jazz.
I am told that the firm offers a "political strategy service" and to that end has just made four hires. Sean West, a wonk from ProfeTech (meh), Andrew Dowler, a private equity bore from Blackstone (double meh), Lord Barlow, Theresa's May's Chief of Staff after she fired Timothy West (triple meh - absolutely BANGING job he did, eh?). And Lord Houghton.
Previously known as General Sir Nick Houghton GCB, formerly the UK's Chief of Defence Staff and a four star officer.
Now THAT'S a hire. Every law firm takes on the usual tedes from banks, accountancy firms, academia, etc. etc. It's a statement of intent to employ a man who, when in a tricky completion meeting with Kirkland, makes it known that he could break the neck of his opposite number within five seconds. Get in. I hope he wears his full kit to the office.