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IT lawyers. A wave of internet and e-mail related legal problems is about to hit the UK's offices, according to a report on "cyberliability" by research group Incomes Data Services. The group warns there is a "minefield of legal hazards" in the use of electronic media. Casually written emails have been found to be legally binding contracts and, in one case office workers who downloaded pornography from the internet were found to have sexually harassed a female colleague by creating a hostile environment.

Hairdresser Samantha Kaye, who has become the first person in the UK to benefit from the national minimum wage laws, during the course of her employment tribunal case against her employers. Kaye, who was paid u58 per week, ought to have been earning u114, according to the Liverpool tribunal hearing her case.

Lord Irvine's artistic sensibilities. The Lord Chancellor, famous for refusing to accept second-rate wallpaper and for retrieving several national treasures from Scotland's national art galleries to hang on his wall, is now on the verge of persuading Tony Blair to sit for sculptress Nicola Hicks, who uses plaster and straw as her materials. Should Lord Irvine succeed, an audacious representation of Blair is likely to result, since Hicks is renowned for producing savage and menacing work.