"Don't let him drive your car."
The passive-aggressive sniping between two big-hitting lawyers is providing a rare insight into the anger and heartache which can plague partners who split up.
When Quinn Emmanuel's Head of Competition in London, Boris Bronfentrinker, jumped ship for Willkie Farr in October, UK Senior Partner Richard East showed how deeply he felt about the departure by declaring on LinkedIn that "we existed for 7 years before he arrived as an unknown lawyer from hausfeld and we will exist and grow when he has gone".
Now Bronfentrinker has shot back with a post which is precision-engineered to poke East where he's most sensitive.
"It has been fantastic how the entire team of 14 have been made to feel so welcome by our awesome new colleagues", said Bronfentrinker, helpfully confirming to the market that he took his whole team with him from Quinn.
"Also very grateful to our terrific and loyal clients all of whom have continued to trust us with their most important cases", Bronfentrinker told his audience of one.
Having established that he has all the clients as well as all the lawyers, Bronfentrinker explained how, naturally, "This has meant that the entire team has been very busy from the outset as well as having lots of new exciting opportunities to pursue".
"And not a bad view to enjoy from the office!" he concluded, appending a snap which fails to show his hand pressed against the glass and, far in the distance in CityPoint, East staring back, doing the same.
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