Back in July, Beachcroft Wansbroughs advised betting company Betex on its appointment to manage the state lottery for the Chinese province of Guizhou. The deal meant a visit to the UK by a group of Chinese prosecutors, one that was disrupted by the July terrorist attacks on London.
Despite that, the Chinese delegation so enjoyed its trip that, at the end of the week, there was the traditional exchange of polite words, bows and gifts.
Among the presents offered to the Beachcrofts team was a Chinese fertility icon given to the firm's eminent outgoing senior partner Lord David Hunt of Wirral. Tulkinghorn remains unsure whether this was intended to bolster the health of Lord Hunt or that of the firm.