Obiter commends the organisers of an auction to raise funds for the latest High Court challenge to lord chancellor Chris Grayling’s legal aid reforms.

Lots including a week in an Adriatic Villa (£1,400) and lunch with Michael Mansfield (£340) raised £8,000 for the cause. Obiter was a little disappointed, however, that no one was able to dig more deeply than £200 for the original Borsok the Badger doll (Obiter passim) – though do we detect a ringer at work?

Gazette readers are ready with suggestions should the event need to be re-run.

Sam Firth came up with: ‘A set of collar studs found in the robing room of Salford mags shortly after it was sold off for flats. Reputed once to have been worn by somebody who once had a case that nearly went to the Court of Appeal. A tangible link to that local justice nonsense your grandparents told you about.’