Reports in the legal press today, and the obituary in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, of the death of Nicholas Pumfrey. All praising him, rightly, as a one of the foremost judges of his generation. He was a year ahead of me at school, and the captain of our ‘Top of the Form’ team (we never made it past the regional heats, losing to the Girls’ High School in front of a dragooned audience in Big School). 56 is no age: so much ahead of him. And a bleak reminder on a cold, dank day that Death is no respecter of age, rank, or wisdom.