Macfarlanes gets lucky, lucky lucky

Collage: The Epilogue











Macfarlanes continues its relentless swoop for talent with the extraction from Ashurst of construction head Ann Minogue.

Minogue, cited in Chambers as ‘brilliant’, was a partner at Linklaters before joining Ashurt. Her many and varied deals include representing Tate Modern on its £215 million extension.

Obviously, Ann’s appearance in the spotlight begs an obvious question. Which is the better Minogue – Kylie or Ann?

Ann first became a partner at McKenna & Co in 1985. That’s a full year before Kylie hit the big time as Charlene Robinson in Neighbours. In terms of time at the top, Ann narrowly wins this category and takes an early lead in the highly-anticipated Minogue vs Minogue stakes. Ann 1, Kylie 0

Kylie has certainly spread her charms around the industry, having been signed to no fewer than ten different record labels. Ann, on the other hand, has only graced four firms over the course of her distinguished career. Looks like another win for Ann. Ann 2, Kylie 0

As reported above, Ann has an admirable listing in Chambers. Besides the ‘brilliant’ comment, she’s also been called ‘experienced, practical and decisive’ by the directory. Kylie has no Chambers listing – but was endorsed by top songwriter Guy Chambers, who co-wrote her hit ‘Kids’, with which she duetted with Robbie Williams. A draw. Ann 3, Kylie 1

Ann is known for offering advice on esoteric aspects of property deals, and has worked  on deals such as Westfield’s move into Croydon and the sale of Chiswick Park. When we asked Kylie for evidence of her intellectual contribution to the business world, she could only answer that she was spinning around, and we had better get out of her way. Thus, Ann wins this one hands down. Ann 4, Kylie 1

As suspected, Ann proves to be the superior Minogue. We wish her the best of luck at Macfarlanes, and suggest that anyone looking to make a comparable move should check at the vacancies at the deliciously redesigned Professionals in Law. AB

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