Pinsents’ pedant

Calling a partner at Pinsent Masons last week, one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes managed to unearth the world’s most pedantic PA.

The hack was in mid flow, explaining that the story he was working on involved “Pinsents” when the dear lady butted in to say the name of the firm was actually “Pinsent Masons”.

After a slight pause to allow the surprise that anyone could be so unnecessarily precise in a brief and very casual conversation, the now-annoyed hack replied: “Yes, er, Pinsents.”

“The firm’s name is actually Pinsent Masons,” came the entirely accurate response. “I know shortening it is useful for your headlines, but that is what the firm is actually called.”

Right. So, Pinsents then…