Davis LJ’s description of the drafting of charges as ‘prolix’  in the Chan/Ali case was not so immediately perspicuous (to me) (news, 28 September). But apprised and mildly disappointed by the inaccuracy of my first guess (a reference to a relation of Castor and Pollux perhaps?), I will avail myself of his turn of phrase ‘for the most part unduly and unnecessarily convoluted and prolix’ when I encounter the now standard 100+ additional enquiries on my next residential sale transaction. More useful judicial turns of phrase, please.

Rupert Morton-Curtis, Godwins Solicitors, Winchester