Womble Bond Dickinson has decided not to sue the UK government after all.
The firm hit upon the galaxy-brained idea of taking the government to court after it was dropped from the prestigious public sector legal panel.
Law firms tend to avoid suing clients for not instructing him, because it's a terrible idea, and after a period of contemplation Wombles appears to have decided it can cope with Wombling free after all.
A WBD spokesperson said the firm "requested additional information from the Crown Commercial Service", and that after reviewing it with the Government Legal Department "we have withdrawn our challenge and wish CCS, GLD and the Buying Departments well with the new panel arrangements".
Characterising the launch of a court case as a request for feedback from a public body following a procurement process is certainly an angle, although the number of lawyers describing WBD to RollOnFriday as "a clownshow" went up, not down, after the latest twist.
The mandarins in charge of picking the GLD’s external advisors may have factored in Wombles’ use of the furlough scheme, which, despite being intended as a bulwark against job losses, did not stave off redundancies at the firm, according to sources.
However, Wombles' abortive attempt to sue will definitely have put paid to that bad impression, and it surely won't be long before the firm is called in from the cold. Or else.