Tulkinghorn’s scribe has promised not to reveal the identity of the partner who embarked on a secret mission to poach a young associate and ended up stuck in a bush, but the tale is still worth telling.

The pair were courting in Balls Brothers, just by the old Allen & Overy building, when the partner in question suddenly fell from his chair into a bush. But what’s more, he found it impossible to extricate himself from said bush.

The young associate managed to keep a straight face while the partner flailed around helplessly. Despite the partner’s extraordinary antics, the associate soon signed up, so impressed was he by the comedic approach to recruitment.