Lawyers caught on the hop by foot and mouth outbreak

Lost: one strain of foot and mouth, one law firm and one licence to practice law. Last seen in Surrey.

Lost: one strain of foot and mouth, one law firm and one licence to practice law. Last seen in Surrey.

Merial general counsel Horace Nalle is probably wishing he could give the company some legal advice on the investigation into its foot and mouth disease production centre at Pirbright.

Except he doesn’t have a licence to do so (see story).

A Merial spokesperson said that Nalle worked in the London office for five years before being transferred back to the US and probably didn’t foresee the need for a US licence. Or an outbreatbreak of foot-and-mouth presumably.

Meanwhile, no one at the Institute for Animal Health, which also uses the facility, seems to know which law firm the organisation is using for its part in the investigation.

The main spokesperson for the company is out hiking in Spain, and has been since the outbreak of foot and mouth began. Don’t blame him.

It’s good to know everyone’s prepared.

Well, they better get ready, West Country-based Thring Townsend has just been instructed by the National Farmer’s Union on a potential class action.