Vive l'anglais simple

Simple language in the profession is all the rage. Using the Queen's English instead of the tongue of some long-dead Roman emperor is eminently sensible.

For a start our US legal friends working in London – whose former vice-president Dan Quayle once remarked remarked on a trip to Latin America that he wished he had learned to speak Latin – will be able to understand what is going on.

It is a shame then that one of the most worthy initiative in the profession – the Solicitors Pro Bono Group – should have such a public head-scratching title.

The Lawyer would happily come up with a modern name for the SPG, though naturally only on a quid pro quo basis.