To Middle Temple Hall, to hear former in-house lawyer Shami Chakrabarti (pictured) give the British Institute of International and Comparative Law’s 39th FA Mann Lecture, entitled ‘On Liberty’. Since civil rights group Liberty announced her departure, Chakrabarti has kept mum about her future. It seems Obiter isn’t the only one curious.

Introducing Chakrabarti, former Treasury solicitor Paul Jenkins said ‘she tells me she’s not going to reveal what she’s going to do next’.

Obiter wonders if former Supreme Court president Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers and Sir Brian Leveson, president of the Queen’s Bench Division, who were both in the audience, had better luck with their inquisitions. What are the odds on a peerage?