In 1961 a test case ended up in the House of Lords. The case was called Shaw v Director of Public Prosecutions and it has since become as famous to law students as Donohue v Stevenson or Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company.

It goes a little something like this…

Mr Shaw was a publisher, a bit like The Friday Project is. The only difference is that, while we publish good wholesome books*, Shaw published a book called ‘The Ladies Directory’.

It was, as you’ve probably worked out, a kind of Yellow Pages of prostitutes for discerning gentlemen who preferred to let their fingers do the walking. Read more...