It has been a good week for…

Herbert Smith, which has advised on six public deals together worth nearly £984m and come top of a new The Lawyer weekly deals league table. (see City page 12).

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who gave a smooth performance on The Today Programme last week defending his decision to appoint the first ever blind magistrates.

Lord Justice Judge, who has been appointed senior presiding judge for England and Wales in place of Lord Justice Auld. He will take up the post on 1 October.