Brexit at Tiffany’s

8 Oct, 2019

Brexit at Tiffany’s

We all know the song, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Released on July 4th 1995 by the US band Deep Blue Something, it peaked at number five in the US charts and reached number one in the UK. The song is sung from the point of view of a man whose girlfriend is on the verge of breaking up with him because the two of them have nothing in common. Desperate to find something, the man brings up the Audrey Hepburn classic piece of cinema Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and his girlfriend recalls that they “both kinda liked it.” He argues that this should serve as enough motivation for them to work out their problems based on the notion that love will always find a way to make things work.

I trust at this point you can see where I am going with this. The link is tenuous and supported in the main by a play on words, but nevertheless may I present to you, “Brexit at Tiffany’s” …
You’ll say we’ve got nothing in common
No common market to start from
And we’re falling apart
You say the world has come between us
A referendum came between us
Still I know you just don’t care

And I said, what about Brexit at Tiffany’s
She said I think I remember 1973
And as I recall I think we both kinda liked it
And I said well that’s the one thing we’ve got

I see you the only one who knew me
But now your eyes see through me
I guess I was wrong
So what now? It’s plain to see we’re over
And I hate when things are over
When negotiations are left undone

And I said what about Brexit at Tiffany’s
She said I think I remember 1973
And as I recall I think we both kinda liked it
And I said well that’s the one thing we got

You say that we’ve got nothing in common
No common market to start from
And we’re falling apart
You say the world has come between us
A referendum came between us
Still I know you just don’t care

And I said what about Brexit at Tiffany’s
She said I think I remember 1973
And as I recall I think we both kinda liked it
And I said well that’s the one thing we got
Brexit is on all of our minds, irrespective of which you voted it has now come to a point where we literally have no idea what the hell is going on. Naturally this is making people nervous, none more so than lawyers considering that next move in their career.

We speak with lawyers of all disciplines at all levels every day. We also speak to law firms throughout the UK to offer strategic advice and recruitment strategies. While Brexit looms, it would be wrong to say that firms and their clients are not applying a certain amount of caution, but we are equally encouraged by the growth activity we have seen across numerous law firms and their corporate, commercial, and real estate teams in particular.

Birmingham is a very strong legal market across a multitude of disciplines and corporate is very much at the forefront of this. The growing workloads for the city and region’s corporate solicitors means potentially longer hours and greater pressure for private practice corporate teams across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Naturally, for many firms, the reaction has been to try and recruit, at a multitude of levels. Similar trends have been seen in Real Estate, Commercial, Construction and so on.

I did once see two trainees from a top tier international practice in Birmingham get stuck in a revolving door, but I don’t think this is indicative of things to come. Continued success, long-term projects, and new client wins are all things we are seeing and hearing despite the looming cloud of Brexit. No, we don’t know what comes next but right now the legal market is looking fluid, vibrant and lucrative.

 

Gishan Abeyratne – Associate Director – Think Legal recruitment