Talking of legal aid, firms that have been waiting months for their money may have found a notice posted on the Legal Services Commission’s website a tad galling. It concerns the timely payment of expert witnesses.

Some experts, it would seem, are a bit miffed as they have experienced delays in being paid for their services too. So the commission, whose record in this area is less than exemplary, has reminded firms that such fees should typically be paid within 40 days. Pots and kettles.