Turkeys do not, of course, actually vote for Christmas. But do they pitch for Christmas-related work? Obiter asks this question, because news reaches this, the hottest of all the Gazette newsroom desks, that the Royal Shakespeare Company has chosen the law firms for its legal panel.

Good news and a hey nonny nonny then for excellent Obiter friends Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve – in the words of RSC’s head of legal Marina Zain: ‘Both firms have demonstrated a clear understanding of our unique needs and the capability to further develop technology aimed at efficient service delivery.’

A prestige appointment, and nice to see the modern face of the bard set so firmly against those much-discussed lines about killing all the lawyers (Gazette, way too many mentions to list).

A quick check of the RSC’s 2015 schedule reveals no planned performances of Henry VI part 2, the poor-taste play from which the ‘kill’ lines come. But the troupe are taking Henry IV part 2 on tour, so one can see the primogenitive direction of travel. Perhaps best for the panel firms’ lawyers to stick to attending, say, Noel Coward revivals in 2016.