Pretty, isn’t it? Well, at £26,000, it ought to be. This floral design, which would not look out of place on a pair of Laura Ashley curtains, is the official emblem of the Supreme Court, and incorporates an English rose, some Welsh leek leaves, a Scots thistle and a northern Irish ‘flax flower’, sometimes shown seated in an ‘almost circle’ that represents ‘both Libra, the scales of justice, and Omega, symbolising the final source of justice for the United Kingdom’.
All terribly nice, but Obiter is wondering if any readers out there think they could do better? Sadly, the Ministry of Justice has already splashed the cash on this one, but it is a good chance to show the ministry – anxious as it is to see solicitors cut their costs – how it could have saved a few quid itself if only it had called on the artistic ability of the profession.
Send your emblem designs and what they symbolise – the more outlandish the better – on a scrap of paper to Obiter at Law Society Gazette, 19 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR, or email an electronic version to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we can’t stretch to £26,000, the best design will receive the honour of being published on the Obiter page in glorious technicolour. Plus there might be a Gazette mug and laptop bag for any lucky (sic) runners-up.