After the immense criticism which has accompanied the charge on guilty defendants and the finding that it is not generating as much revenue as expected, there is now another proposal which can be perceived as unfair. The Justice Secretary is looking at a compulsory tax on the big City law firms’ turnover. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, Mr Gove?

This suggestion is sure to be as controversial as the charge, as Alasdair Douglas, the chairman of the City of London Law Society, comments: “Suggestions of a special tax on only one section of the community to pay for a public service seems intellectually unsustainable.”