It's been a bad week for…

Arthur Farrer, former partner at Farrer & Co, the Queen's firm of solicitors. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham said Farrer had breached the 1989 Firearms Act by telling his 81-year-old mother where he kept the keys to his gun cupboard. The police never suggested that his mother has handled the guns or "expressed any interest in them whatsoever" but the Appeal Court upheld a decision to strip Farrer of his licence.

Jack "now where was I?" Straw. No sooner had he waved goodbye to one problem, then another reappears. The Home Secretary's plans to restrict the right to trial by jury faced another backbench revolt. Peter Kilfoyle, who resigned his ministerial post after accusing New Labour of turning its back on its traditional support, was one of 25 Labour MPs who signed an amendment calling for the Commons to reject the proposal. A total of 29 Labour MPs voted against the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill and many more abstained.

The Mirror's City Slickers. As if fall-out over Piers Morgan and other journalists' share dealings wasn't enough, the paper found itself in the High Court facing Victor Kiam, the American tycoon famous for saying of Remington: "I liked it so much I bought the company." The paper's column, written by James Hipwell, who was sacked for unrelated accusations over share dealing, claimed Kiam was going to put Ronson into receivership. Kiam claims that people would perceive from the article that he was a "complete failure". He is suing for libel and malicious falsehood.