Obiter’s call for imaginative ways to fund the case at the centre of Terence Rattigan’s play The Winslow Boy show a welcome spirit of innovation in these difficult times. Mark Rummins of Kent has a simple solution: ‘A pay-day loan from a high street broker. That should sort them out one way or the other!’
Andrew Hodder from Wiltshire likewise suggests leveraging the market. ‘Create a derivative for any damages that might be received and sell it to some City type.’
Look to the media, proposes Adrian Brodkin of London. ‘Sell exclusive rights to the Sun (or whatever the 1908 equivalent was – the Daily Mirror, I suspect). And then hire the best brief money can buy and get young Ronnie off the hook.’ As fallback, he suggests a Facebook campaign soliciting five-shilling postal orders.
Obiter also enjoyed a topical suggestion from Robert Drury of London. ‘Perhaps he could allege that one of the officers call him a "pleb". The story will run for months and months when everyone has really stopped caring and cost the public purse a fortune which could be better spent elsewhere.’
Our prize, however, must go to this worthy suggestion from Stephen Allinson, consultant at Lester Aldridge: ‘I would act pro bono, win the case and seek a pro bono costs order so that the Access to Justice Foundation benefited from the award in accordance with section 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007.
‘Thus, a satisfying victory and then supporting a cause which will redistribute the money to frontline providers of pro bono services!’
Thanks to all entrants – though we were slightly surprised by the overwhelmingly male response. A pair of tickets to the Old Vic’s revival is on its way.