Monkey business

Tulkinghorn was delighted to receive further correspondence from Cumberland Ellis Peirs partner Tom Barth. Readers will remember his tales of lawyers turning up drunk for interviews and of the client who croaked it while on the phone before Barth could tell him his fees.

Tulkinghorn reported this believing that nothing could happen between then (16 April) and his retirement this month. But Tulkinghorn was wrong. Barth's latest bizarre experience is receiving an invitation to join the board of directors of a company which intends to open monkey sanctuaries. Barth says: “I can only assume the invitation came because the directors cannot see any difference between running a solicitors' practice and a monkey sanctuary.” Indeed.