Starting yesterday, law firm Travers Smith will be compensating overworked solicitors living a deskbound lifestyle by paying them a special bonus linked to the amount of anti-social hours they have billed.
LAST Christmas, we ran our second Christmas appeal in support of Opportunity International.
AMA Kobi lives in the town of Koforidua in Ghana. Thanks to a loan from Opportunity International, Ama was able to purchase and farm six acres of local land.
TO THE Millenium Hotel last night for the sixth Vitesse Media M&A awards, which saw 300 of the finest mid-market venture capitalists, corporate financiers and advisers descend on Mayfair for the annual knees up.
DEUTSCHE Bank’s City offices played host to a gaggle of vocal schoolchildren on Wednesday, who were battling it out to be crowned winner of this year’s Debate Mate Cup.
Yesterday was “Hug a Banker” day in the City. Pedestrians walking down Bishopsgate at lunchtime might have been one of those (un)lucky bankers accosted by one of Caxton FX’s touchy feely employees and offered a hug.
CLARIDGE’S was the setting on Monday for the second annual gathering of powerful business women, hosted by Fortune magazine.
SIR Mervyn King has ended his tenure at the top of Threadneedle Street on a high note, literally, after hinting that author Jane Austen may replace scientist Charles Darwin as the face of the Bank of England’s £10 notes.
It was only a couple of weeks ago – when news came out that he had joined research firm Hardman – that we were reminded of analyst Derek Terrington’s famous circular that got him into trouble with media baron Robert Maxwell.
WHAT’S in a name? The Press Complaints Commission’s rechristening looks to be drawing ever closer, after its funding body applied to trade mark the name of its possible replacement.
WHATEVER Cameron can do, Boris can do a year later. Twelve months ago the Prime Minister was the guest of honour at the launch of Lloyd’s of London’s 2025 vision, held in the insurance marketplace’s enormous underwriting room on Lime Street.
BOB Diamond had few supporters left when he stepped down as Barclays chief executive last year.
THE Capitalist is expecting a few stiff legs and weary faces in the office this morning, after our valiant team of stairmasters made it up 1,037 steps of the Gherkin to be greeted at the top by a glass of fizz and – fittingly – a jar of gherkins.
TO THE National Theatre on Wednesday evening, for the Spanish-themed party thrown by supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.
ANOTHER sporting star is making their way to the City, after Olympic rowing champion Sophie Hosking said yesterday she was hanging up her blades in favour of a career with Magic Circle law firm Freshfields.
It’s been a good week for retailer Ted Baker.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama reportedly mixed up George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, with an African-American musician at the recent G8 meeting.
THE GOOD and the great gathered at Mansion House in the City last night for the annual Bankers and Merchants dinner, which saw Lord Mayor of the City of London Roger Gifford and chancellor George Osborne bid farewell to outgoing Bank of England go
FINANCIAL spinner Matthew Young, who was recently revealed to have received a total remuneration package at Lloyds worth over £1.2m, was dishing out advice to wannabe PR superstars yesterday.
ORGANISERS of next month’s Docklands Games must be getting nervous about the calibre of current entrants.
Not everyone in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) agrees with chief executive Michael Izza’s (pictured) pro-EU stance.
REGULAR readers of this page will recall that The Capitalist reported last week on former Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) board member Ken Olisa popping down to the Intellectual Property Office and trademarking the memorable phrase
THERE will be plenty of corks popping at Royal Ascot this week – even more so than last year if the odds released by bookies Ladbrokes are anything to go by.
THERE were more rounds of white collar boxing in the Square Mile this weekend, as barrister Phil Williams organised a bout against surgeon Luke Cascarini – he of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme fame no less.
A FORMER Goldman Sachs bond trader is teaching the Square Mile – and the world – the secret to an easy life through a series of happiness consultancies.
THERE were several familiar City faces popping up on the Queen’s birthday honours list this year.
YAHOO boss Marissa Mayer is following in the footsteps of Apple chief Tim Cook, by auctioning off the chance for a bidder with cash to burn to have a one-on-one lunch with her.
CITY firms have been outdoing themselves with the glamorous locations they have chosen for their AGMs recently. WPP held its at the Savoy Hotel yesterday, admittedly in the not so glitzy basement.
INVESTMENT banking search and selection firm Sammons Associates hosted a cosy dinner at Prism restaurant in the City on Tuesday evening for lucky winners of the 15th Annual Heads of Research Survey awards.
RARELY does an analyst note make its reader smile quite as much as Derek Terrington’s famous circular that got him into trouble with media baron Robert Maxwell in the early nineties.
THE CITY’S Got Talent was the cry on Monday evening, as two Square Mile bands the Fundertones and Fried Egg Sandwich put on a gig at trendy Shoreditch club XOYO.
Calling all wannabe PR millionaires.
TO THE Guildhall yesterday for the 40th Thomson Reuters Extel awards, affectionately known as the Oscars of the investment awards circuit.
TO HURLINGHAM Park in (mostly) sunny south-west London over the weekend for a spot of horseplay at the annual MINT Polo in the Park tournament.
AS READERS will remember, the day he stepped down from security firm G4S, Nick Buckles was holding his head high at the Pelham Bell Pottinger summer party in a dashing Primark three-piece suit.
FORMER England and Lions international rugby player Simon Shaw was getting involved in a very different game of sevens yesterday.
BRITISH insurer Prudential announced yesterday that former Morgan Stanley senior adviser Alice Schroeder is to join its board next Monday as an independent non-executive director.
ENGLAND and Northampton Saints rugby star Ben Foden is joining runners from City A.M. in taking on the Gherkin Challenge when he returns from touring Argentina with the England rugby squad.
JOB requirements are tough over at financial data provider Bloomberg.
The company has advertised for a director of global social media with “six to nine years experience required in social media and digital marketing.”
WHICH package holiday firm is strong on the outside, has good taste but has holes in it?
THERE was a whiff of dejection in the air for luxury fashion and fragrance house Chanel this week, as the application it made to trademark Jersey – the name of its lavender scent – was denied by the UK Intellectual Property Office.
PUB CHAIN JD Wetherspoon has announced that it will be having one for the road, having acquired a licence to open its first roadside bar at the highly glamorous junction two of the M40 in Buckinghamshire.
OUTGOING Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King was in charge of the playlist on BBC Radio Four yesterday, mixing Beethoven with Lou Bega’s Mambo Number Five in his Desert Island Discs.
CO-FOUNDER of Napster and Facebook’s first president Sean Parker got married in California on Saturday.
UNLIKE favourite Dawn Approach, the sunshine didn’t fade fast at Epsom this weekend.
Racegoers welcomed some much needed rays on Derby Day, not to mention a bonus Saturday edition of City A.M., the official paper of the Investec Derby.
ROCK band Bon Jovi have been helping Spanish music-lovers to keep the faith, by slashing the prices to their Madrid show so that recession-struck fans can still afford seats.
EVERYONE who assumed the Queen was on every single piece of English money is in for a surprise when they see the new pictures released for the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
THE MANAGING director of supermarket chain Waitrose Mark Price (pictured) revealed his political apathy to Hay festival-goers this week.
BANK of England fans were getting #excited yesterday over Sir Mervyn King’s upcoming appearance on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs radio show this Sunday.
SHOWING the upmost commitment to sports and team bonding, a team of accountants from PwC in London ventured to Riga in Latvia over the Bank Holiday weekend for the firm’s annual inter-office squash tournament.