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A competition law anecdote in the FT

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Last Wednesday’s Financial Times featured a competition law related anecdote that might have gone unnoticed to many of you.  It’s told in a letter to the editor written by Craig Pouncey (managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Brussels office) reproduced below:

“From Mr Craig Pouncey,

Sir, Lucy Kellaway’s article “We need new excuses for not replying to emails” (April 28) reminds me of by far the most effective excuse I have encountered during my professional life. Many years ago a colleague of mine, after a night of vigorous carousing, missed his flight to London to attend a hugely important client meeting. He took the next flight, arriving hungover and several hours late, to find himself confronted by a roomful of extremely irritated clients. “Just don’t ask”, he said with conviction. They didn’t, and indeed the irritation was immediately replaced by considerable sympathy.

Not one for the faint-hearted, and perhaps to be tried only once, but I have always felt that the approach should be part of everyone’s in extremis armoury of excuses”.

Brilliant. And I’m quite confident I know who that was  😉

 

 

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

5 May 2014 at 7:26 pm

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