In brief: 18 St John Street dismisses senior clerk

18 St John Street in Manchester has dismissed its senior clerk, Michael Farrell, who has been an employee there for 15 years. A chambers' spokesman said it was not yet aware exactly what had happened. Farrell is a member of the Institute of Barrister's Clerks (IBC) management committee. Chair of the IBC, Stephen Graham, said: “It's very sad because nobody does the job better than Michael.”