For more than a decade, the names Grabiner, Pollock and Sumption have dominated the Commercial Bar. They may not share the mutual antipathy of Pompey, Crassus or Caesar, but this legal triumvirate approaches courtroom battles with the natural genius, clear judgment and indomitable energy of a brilliant Roman general.
The three men have very different backgrounds. Jonathan Sumption, QC, 56, is an Old Etonian who gave up being an Oxford history don 30 years ago. He remains a successful historian, writing two lengthy volumes on the Hundred Years War in his spare time. Two more are planned.
The product of East End Jewish immigrants, Lord Grabiner, QC, 62, is an LSE graduate who attended the 1968 Grosvenor Square riots. Now a Labour peer, he is chairman of Arcadia plc and also of the LSE governors.