The Lawyer’s scribes rushed off to the bookshop last Monday (8 November) to buy a copy of Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, their heads hanging in shame. Why was this? Surely Tulkinghorn’s finest are the very paragons of grammatical virtue? But, as Truss delighted in pointing out, it’s incredible the difference an errant apostrophe can make.
Last week we printed a story about postage costs on the Abbey National-Banco Santander merger. We said: ‘Abbey merger: £18m spent on Slaughters’ print