Herbies mole. “It’s happened to me quite a few times. We had a particularly bad batch a few years back.”
He went on to theorise that the pens, made in China, didn’t travel well. “They’ve been shipped to headquarters in London, shipped back to us in Asia, and by the time we take them on the plane all the pressurising and depressurising appears to leave them ready to pop.”
Now, doesn’t Allen & Overy use the same make of pens…?