It has been a bad week for…

Tabloids who like to quote judges saying things like: "What is a Spice Girl?" The Lord Chancellor's Department has drawn up guidelines on how to avoid scandal by ill-considered remarks in court and how to explain apparently light sentences so the decisions do not become headlines.

The Diana Memorial Fund, which failed in its first major attempt to crack down on unlicensed Diana products. An injunction to ban Diana dolls and plates was turned down in Los Angeles. Fund lawyer Mark Lee said that they plan to take the case to full trial. Robert Meyer, lawyer for the defendant Franklin Mint, said it had been selling the products since 1981: "The fund is selling margarine tubs and lottery tickets with Diana's name on. No judgment that this court can bring can unring the bells of 17 years of sales."

The Lord Chancellor, whose plans to introduce a 50-50 split on divorce had to be scrapped after a report by judges and family law experts warned that it would penalise women who give up their careers to have children.

The Lawyer, which incorrectly stated in this column that Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for Leisure Parcs in the acquisition of Blackpool Tower. In fact it was Nicholson Graham & Jones. Dibbs acted for the lender.