It's been a good week for…

Lord Irvine. The Lord Chancellor will now have home-grown art expertise next time he redoes his apartment after his wife was appointed as a trustee of the Wallace art collection. Lady Irvine, who has an MA in the history of art and a "broad-based background in the visual arts", was given her new role by Irvine's old pupil Tony Blair.

The Lockerbie suspects. The resignation of Lord Hardie (above) from the team preparing the prosecution in the bombing case has caused some to wonder if the British and US case is as solid as was once thought. Lord Hardie has officially resigned as Lord Chief Advocate to become a judge, but the Conservative Party, using a rather unfortunate metaphor, said: "The job got too hot to handle and Lord Hardie bailed out in his own parachute…"

Kevin Cook, accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, who walked free from court after the prosecution barrister was late. Judge Charles James laid the charge on file before taking any evidence after barrister Desmond Lennon was delayed 15 minutes at another hearing. The Crown Prosecution Service obtained permission to go before a High Court judge and request the case go back to trial.

Employment lawyers, who are enjoying a boom in work according to a new survey. Manchester employment law consultancy Peninsula found employees' claims for compensation are up 21 per cent with 104,340 cases lodged with tribunals last year compared with 85,958 in 1998. A spokesperson said the introduction of new employee rights and the European Social Chapter contributed to the increase.