I was amused by the letter from David Pickup of Aylesbury. A former colleague of mine was articled in the City of London, and at lunchtime would frequent the Old Cheshire Cheese. A fixture of that hostelry was a solicitor who had fallen on hard times, in the days when the oath fee was 2/6d. This enterprising gentleman would oblige to take an oath for 2/.
Thus everybody gained and starving articled clerks, armed with three or four affidavits, could afford lunch.
Christopher Fenton, Fenton Family Law, Wincanton