Answers: The Festive Fifty

January 15, 2015

Finally, the answers to the quiz that ruined your Christmas

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How did you do? Chances are that you failed miserably. MISERABLY. Well, time to dry your eyes, put that whisky bottle down, admit your imperfections and get on with the rest of your life.





Reed Smith.




Stephenson Harwood.




Latham & Watkins.

Whose strapline?

7. ‘A law firm built around people’?


8. ‘Changing business’?


9. ‘A law firm with a view’?

Winckworth Sherwood.

10. ‘Distinctive approach’?


Which firm…?

11. Sponsors the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize?

Taylor Wessing.

12. Is the ‘Official Law Firm’ of Rugby World Cup 2015?

Clifford Chance.

13. Is the Principal Sponsor of the Menier Theatre?

Pinsent Masons.

14. Sponsored London 2012?


15. Is a ‘global advisor’ to McLaren Mercedes?

Norton Rose Fulbright.

Movie minimalism

16. A lawyer rises above the racism of Depression-era Alabama to defend a crippled black man falsely accused of rape by a white woman

To Kill A Mockingbird.

17.  A brash Brooklyn lawyer who only managed to pass the bar exam on his sixth try represents his cousin who was arrested for murder

My Cousin Vinny.

18. An Ivy-educated gay attorney claims his big-time law firm fired him after discovering he contracted AIDS


19. An eager young attorney tries to prove that his client, Kris Kringle, is the real Santa

Miracle on 34th Street.

20. Paralegal takes on big business in a matter concerning hexavalent chromium

Erin Brockovich.

In the news in 2014

21. 2015 marks the 800thanniversary of which charter?

Magna Carta.

22. Management consultancy firm Janders Dean has created a city law firm version of Monopoly. Which firm takes the coveted Park Lane spot?

Slaughter and May.

23. Facebook is embroiled in a prosecution suit against which Anglo-American multinational law firm?

DLA Piper.

24. Lawyer Andrew Greene is suing ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ filmmakers on the grounds of mocking his hair loss and portraying him as a cocaine-snorting degenerate. How many millions is he suing them for?

$25 million.

25. Which firm won Law Firm of the Year at The British Legal Awards in November?


26. Which country became the first in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age?


27. At the age of 80, Eric Jones became one of the oldest Masters of Law graduates. From which university did he graduate?

University of Liverpool.

28. Allegations that the wife of an unfaithful partner murdered the cat of her husband’s mistress are causing turmoil at which prominent New York law firm?

Napoli Bern.

29. The QC who defended the ‘Beast of Islington’ passed away in October this year. What was his name?

Alan Tyrell.

30. ‘The Apprentice’ candidate Felipe Alviar-Baquero worked as a solicitor at which two law firms before his appearance on the BBC programme?

Latham & Watkins, Slaughter and May.

No fixed abodes

The following are locations of the London offices of some big firms, all jumbled up. Which firms?

31. Quips or bashes?

Allen & Overy. (Bishops Square.)

32. Teeters left?

Freshfields. (Fleet Street.)

33. Tilts, reeks?

Linklaters. (Silk Street.)

34. Perpetrates bunk?

Clifford Chance. (Upper Bank Street.)

35. Ill-worn hub?

Slaughter and May. (Bunhill Row.)


Which firms, cryptically clued?

36. Love song Hall re-wrote (6,7)

Hogan Lovells. Sorry – we miscounted the first word.

37. Female direction – none out, eight in (10)


38. Miss Jean and Ian, perhaps (7)


39. Will crime thin out? (5,8)

Irwin Mitchell.

40. Raw beginner drowning in amber nectar (8)


Which law?

Answers are words featuring the letters l-a-w, together and in that order.

41. Has a museum dedicated to it on Shakespeare Street, Southport?


42. Is generally made of finely shredded cabbage?


43. Wrote ‘The Rainbow’ and ‘Women in Love’?

D.H. Lawrence.

44. Is a clause typically included in employment contracts by financial firms?


45. Is someone who drinks illegally?


Logue jam

Finally, the epilogue asks: which –logue is…

46. A speech, film, or piece of writing about a journey?


47. A poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject?


48. Also known as the Ten Commandments?


49. A student of Chinese?


50. A conversation between two persons?


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