Is there something going on at Skadden that we should know about? Probably. The firm’s association with Chelsea FC and Roman Abramovich via megastar partner Bruce Buck has caused all sorts of nasty mutterings, none of which, of course, Tulkinghorn believes for one moment.

But what’s this? Trawling the pages of the worldwide web, one of Tulkinghorn’s trusty spies finds a site chock full of tasty morsels, such as The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement: From the Offices of Fairweather Winters & Sommers. Scrolling down the page came more juicy titles: The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement for the 21st Century (cripes, there appears to be a lot of this stuff about); Double Billing: A Young Lawyer’s Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair; and then Skadden: Power, Money and the Rise of a Legal Empire. What is the link, Tulkinghorn wonders?