Unconfirmed reports that a number of City firms are employing legions of child lawyers to counter chronic under-resourcing have reached Tulkinghorn Towers.
The current M&A wave is believed to have left several firms severely below strength in several areas; consequently they have turned to schools, colleges and, in certain desperate cases, universities for additional firepower.
The reports are backed by the 2005 statistical report from the Law Society, which was published last week. It reveals that 54 per cent of solicitors with a practising certificate are aged 40 or younger.
The report did not comment on sightings of underage lawyers, but as far as Tulkinghorn is concerned the stats speak for themselves. Forget policemen, it's solicitors that are getting younger.