Numis analyst Toms gets a solo audience with Quindell team

THERE was a frisson of excitement among the research analysts covering outsourcing group Quindell Portfolio yesterday as David Toms from Numis was turned back from the company’s results presentation at the offices of its public relations adviser.

Was Toms barred, they wondered?

Not at all, said both Toms and the company, when questioned afterwards by the ever inquisitive Capitalist. Toms said that he was granted a “one-to-one” meeting with company management, given that he’d not met them before. That meeting took place after the analysts’ meeting.

One wonders why the ever-so-independent analyst Toms showed up earlier with the rest of the pack in the first place.

All’s well that ends well, however.

■ Spinners at City law firm Eversheds were reaping the rewards of the firm’s sponsorship of the Old Vic theatre yesterday, enjoying the annual lunch at the Savoy for friends and family of the Waterloo playhouse, an event which also raises funds for The Old Vic Theatre Trust. Among the theatre’s nearest and dearest were comedian Rob Brydon, actress Kim Cattrall and TV presenter Graham Norton. The Irish chat show host, who was also the host of the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Play in 2009, was lamenting the plight of those who still tread the boards: “Sadly 90 per cent of people think the Old Vic is a pub in Albert Square.”