Our man in Yorkshire

Far be it from Tulkinghorn to laugh at another man’s name, but… Researching a news story earlier this week, one of the great man’s minions came across five-partner outfit Merritts Solicitors, a Yorkshire firm that boasts clients including Bannatyne Fitness, the gym business owned by TV’s Dragon’s Den panellist Duncan Bannatyne.

But the firm itself boasts far more famous members: its senior partner is none other than Noel Coward. “Yes, I am aware that I have the name of a famous actor,” Coward sighed. “I’m semi-retired these days and try to keep a low profile, but everyone here has been always very good about it.