Supreme Savings

With the Ministry of Justice planning to cut £2bn from its £9bn budget, it’s good to see the Supreme Court doing its bit by hiring out its premises for corporate events, weddings and bar mitzvahs.

As the brochure makes clear, you can’t actually book one of the courtrooms — though you can arrange to see the library, which is not open to the public. Other highlights include a picture of my namesake Sir Joshua Reynold’s [sic — another one of the court’s redundant apostrophes].

Inevitably, there are some pretty stringent terms and conditions. But what if you had a dispute and had to sue the Supreme Court? Who’d have the last word?

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