Stephenson Harwood lawyers have singled out the London office hero. After two of Tulkinghorn’s hacks commented on the wonderful lunch they were treated to last week, corporate partner Peter Bradley and Tony Edwards, sung the praises of much-loved in-house chef Mick Hale.

His culinary skills are so respected at the firm, both partners agreed that Hales’ departure (God forbid) would be one defection certain to rock the firm to its foundations.

Bradley said: “Mick is fantastic. If he ever left there would certainly be uproar in the office.”