Sometimes it can feel that there is nothing more important than work. And the role that commercial lawyers play in facilitating global trade and fighting for justice are more important that most people realise. But very occasionally lawyers take perspective and the daily practice of corporate law is dwarfed by the issues of the day.

It has been six weeks since Hamas’ attack on Israel. And Israel’s response in Gaza could continue for a while yet. The legal industry, usually known for its quiet impartiality, has been unable to ignore the conflict, and there is plenty of division even within the industry.