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At the Gazette’s roundtable on professional indemnity insurance, talk turned to one-time insurer of solicitors Quinn, whose sudden, erm, ‘retrenchment’ from the market left many of our smaller law firms in difficulty. ‘I had my doubts about them,’ one attendee confided.

‘I’d never heard of them, until I was cornered at a party by a man I knew. He told me I had to change my car insurance, as he’d just secured an incredibly low premium – from an insurer called Quinn.’ So far, so well-intentioned, but as Obiter’s friend observed: ‘I was surprised, because I knew what a terrible driver he was.’

In the interests of research, Obiter will be accepting more party invites from now on.