Somerset firm Pardoes has upped the stakes on Obiter’s gallery of legal office pets.

Mister Mistoffelees (aka Henry, pictured) apparently often takes a victory tour of Pardoes’ offices after competing in show championships. He is one of three horses sponsored by the firm.

One of the trio, 29-year-old Arthur the Great, has not only just retained the Veteran In Hand Championship of Britain but gone on to take the overall Supreme Veteran Championship.

No long faces here, then.

Meanwhile, Obiter’s search for legal office cats continues to draw a blank.

We can’t believe their rodenting duties are entirely redundant in these days of hygienic open plan. Any candidates?