It's been a bad week for…

Supergrasses, after a High Court judge ruled this week that they have no legal right to sue if they think that they have not been paid enough for supplying information. The judgment arose in a case brought by informant Keith Robinson who made a claim for £33,574 plus interest against the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for breach of alleged contract under which, according to Robinson, he had been promised reasonable remuneration and expenses. Mr Justice Douglas Brown, who described Robinson as "a highly unreliable witness", held that he had not been promised "handsome" rewards or a specific sum.

Vladimir Putin, whose arrival in the UK coincided with the announcement by UK lawyers that they were to take legal action against the Russian president-elect's government, to be examined by judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and centring on alleged Russian atrocities in Chechnya. Putin had been invited to the UK, his first trip abroad since election victory, by Tony Blair.