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Back in March, we received a tip that King’s College in London had received a huge gift to their law school and decided to rename the institution in the benefactor’s honor: Dickson Poon School of Law.

We didn’t write a full story at the time, because frankly I thought I was being trolled. I mean, Dick Poon Law? Dicks On Poon? Really? Come on. That’s like all of Britain trying to take the piss out of me.

But it is true. King’s College changed the name of their law school after a £20m donation from Dickson Poon, who is a philanthropist and the owner of Harvey Nichols (aka “Harvey Nicks”).

Now, while making a bunch of Poon jokes has a tang of immaturity, it appears even King’s College is sensitive to plastering Poon all across the diplomas of its new graduates.

The school sent out a very interesting letter trying to calm new students, reassuring them that the school’s new name wouldn’t besmirch their résumés for the rest of their lives….

King’s College sent a letter to people who have LL.M. offers from the law school. After telling them how awesome Mr. Poon is for his generous donation, King’s College moves to disassociate themselves from the new name they just christened their law school with. From the letter:

You can look at the full letter on the next page.

You know, if I were as engorged with money as Mr. Poon, I’d be miffed. For £20m, I’d want my name all over the school, the diplomas, and even the LL.M. certificates. I’d want Poon Law to become a name of significance that was heard in legal offices from Hadrian’s Wall to the Channel.

Okay, seriously though, King’s College should embrace the new name of their law school. The man paid a lot of money for it, and while it might be a funny name to English ears, it’s a perfectly regular name in many other parts of the world. Maybe King’s is just trying to show that the long tradition of King’s College will still be associated with the LL.M. degree certificates of new students. But then again, people don’t often sell out history and tradition that actually means something for £20m.

They took the money, and now they’ve got to live with the name. Good luck, Poon Law grads. You Poonies might as well get used to a little teasing.


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