Working on holiday is as much a feature of modern management as working lunches and 14-hour days. Even Lord Hunt, senior insurance partner with Norwich Union lawyer Beachcroft Wansboroughs, is not too lofty to contact on holiday.

Lord Hunt tells us he was enjoying the big blue skies of Norfolk on a sailing holiday earlier this month when Norwich Union contacted him. No sooner was Lord Hunt off the boat than Norwich Union's Vauxhall Vectra pulled up to whisk the former Welsh Secretary off to the House of Lords to bat for the giant insurer.