The contribution of lawyers to society is enormous and very important. They do not, however, enjoy a universally good reputation. Naturally, stories like the one concerning Cyrus Inches QC, a renowned Canadian lawyer, do not help. As he lay on his side in bed after an operation in 1955, he turned, contrary to instructions, to rest on his other side. He was rebuked by the nurse but replied, ‘My dear young lady, I’m a lawyer, and I’m used to lying on both sides.’