If Tulkinghorn casts his mind back he can still recall the global financial meltdown of the late 1920s and 1930s. Back then, of course, one could always find solace in a good book.
But in these days of 24-hour news and 100-point headlines it is hard to distance oneself from events. And few people find it harder than the employees of Merrill Lynch, now part of Bank of America.
With this in mind, Tulkinghorn dispatched an eager scribe to The Lawyer’s talent management conference to hear a talk from Jill McMillan, development manager for investment banking at Merrill Lynch.
McMillan gamely arrived at the conference seven months pregnant and began her talk with some good advice for those perturbed by the credit crunch.
Apparently, being pregnant gives a great sense of perspective on all the events and she recommended it for everyone who found themselves affected.
Mrs Tulkinghorn just remembers the swollen ankles.