As J Howard Shelley observes, costs are absurdly complex.

Many Gazette readers will have enjoyed watching a two-part movie a couple of years ago about the Great Train Robbery.  

In it the robbers secure the services of a crooked railways expert. He halts the mail train by the simple expedient of placing a black sock over a colour light signal. The robbers express astonishment. His classic reply: ‘Anybody can do complicated.  Simple? Now that’s hard’.  

I was reminded of this when reading the excellent letter ‘Slaying the costs monster’ in 1 October Gazette. As J Howard Shelley rightly observes, our costs system is now absurdly complex. Black sock anyone?

Boris Kremer 
Kremers Solicitors, Fareham, Hampshire