Law firms are prone to merging and rearranging themselves into strings of surnames that often rival the names of the authors of scientific journal articles in length. Every so often, firms such as “Chaulker, Green and Rowe” transmogrify into “McInnes Cooper” or “Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales” will save on printing costs by dropping the last two names and becoming “Stew-Mac” (no fries with that).
It happens. Lawyers are great lovers of organisation and rearranging themselves seems to be a logical spin-off thereof. I’m rarely surprised by changes in firm names these days; I just have a hard time keeping track of who is in cahoots with whom.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.
My favourite, my new all-time favourite firm name, has just been created. An Atlantic Canadian firm now ranks way above the mythical and admirable “Dewey Cheatem and Howe” in my humble opinion, even the more so because of its veracity.
“Cox Hanson O’Reilly Matheson” and “Patterson Palmer” have now joined forces.
Yes sir. Now think. If you were male, fifteen years old and were asked to bawdily pick two names out of those titles, one from each of the feeder firms, to form a new firm, what would you pick?
Yep. They did it. “Cox & Palmer” it is….. (the ampersand really doesn’t dull the effect, to my mind).
Ah, I love lawyers. Once again, they affirm my faith that a law degree is years of “hard” study. Pardon me while I subdue my snickering husband……