City law firm partner, 33, shares romantic tale and upcoming castle wedding with world
Former Linklaters managing associate continues the trend for loved up lawyers to declare their nuptials via the press
One of Kirkland & Ellis’ youngest partners has taken to the weekend papers to announce his engagement and upcoming castle wedding to the world.
Emma Thomson, an accountant, and Joel Arnell, a law firm partner at just 33, have followed in the footsteps of Herbert Smith Freehills newly weds Yuji Huang and Stephen Newby, who announced their wedding in The Times (£) just a few weeks ago.
Just like Thomson and Arnell’s whirlwind romance, the pair found themselves in London by chance, having been sent to the capital by their respective employers.
Arnell — who works at the same firm as Legal Cheek’s reigning sexiest City solicitor — wooed Thomson on a group outing to London Zoo, having met the University of Edinburgh grad in a Canary Wharf apartment block where they were both staying. After an understated first date on a speedboat along the Thames, 29 year-old Thomson recalls that she “knew he was different from that moment on”.
Thomson does, however, admit that it wasn’t quite love at first sight between her and her ex-Linklaters lover. The fund controller told The Times that “it takes a lot to get to know” Arnell, and her now fiancé “is an acquired taste”.
The pair — who now live in Chelsea, and spend apparently their time going to pilates classes together — are getting married in the former home of Charles I, Fyvie Castle in Scotland, this September. Thomson will be wearing a Phillip Leply couture wedding dress to the civil ceremony, which will come complete with bagpipes and tartan and, hopefully, “a party atmosphere”.