Is it just a coincidence that Collins Stewart Tullett’s head of legal Simon Clark is a dead ringer for surreal comedy supremo Vic Reeves? Surely one of the more unlikely court battles of recent years was the broker’s defamation battle against the Financial Times, in which Collins Stewart initially claimed £37m and ultimately won £300,000? The claim for lost business followed an earlier special damages claim that Mr Justice Tugendhat struck out in October 2004. It was for £230.5m. Yep, £230.5m. Like we said, surreal.