Could the fate of the legal profession be in the hands of music mogul Simon Cowell? Not quite.

But as the Gazette went to press, DWF senior solicitor James Neale and his father Laurie, managing partner at ESN Solicitors in Birmingham, were waiting nervously to see if they would make it through to ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent’s grand final with father-and-sons singing group The Neales.

Neale, his two brothers and father were due to perform in the live semi-finals last Thursday. James said: ‘We do have a growing legion of female fans and I’d be lying if I said I’m not loving the attention, but I have to admit that most of the marriage proposals have been directed at my brothers and my dad.’