M,T gesture

Tulkinghorn has heard that Matrix Chambers’ rejig of its administration structure caused quite a stir in the set.

Previously barristers were split into two teams so that they could be looked after by a specific practice manager. Now it emerges there are three groups. Matrix, in its wisdom, thought it would be a good idea to give them names.

Amanda Illing, the practice director, was told that naming them teams ‘one’, ‘two’ and ‘three’, or ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’, would make it seem as if one lot of barristers were better than others. It would be “elitist and wrong”, she was told.

So, with no obvious solution and with Illing close to pulling her hair out, one evening she had a moment of inspiration. While working late she looked behind her to see her poster of the Hollywood blockbuster The Matrix.

Now, if you’ve seen the film you can probably guess what’s coming next. Why not call the three teams Neo, Trinity and Morpheus? The moment of genius was all but accepted, until one typically killjoy lawyer decided it might be laying the set open to some IP infringement or other.

So, the groups are now called M, T and X. Who’d want to be X?