It's been a good week for…

Partner Mark Thomson of Schilling & Lom and Partners, who has obtained an exceptional costs order from the High Court for his client, restaurateur Marco Pierre White, gourmet chef and owner of the Titanic restaurant, who has been involved in a legal tussle with Oliver Peyton, owner of the Atlantic Bar and Grill. The two arch-rivals settled the case after just one day in the High Court. However, Mr Justice Rattee made the unusual ruling that under the new civil procedure rules he would award indemnity costs against the Atlantic for discontinuing the action.

Civil liberties solicitor Daniel Machover, partner at Hickman & Rose, who has campaigned to highlight poor conditions at Wormwood Scrubs. He is experiencing a victory of sorts, since 27 prison officers have been appearing before west London magistrates accused of assaulting prisoners, many of whom are Machover's clients.

Glasnost in the Lord Chancellor's Department. Responding to pressure, Lord Irvine has revealed the intricacies of the "secret soundings" system to a group of MPs. Apparently senior lawyers and judges secretly give scores from one to five for potential candidates, rating them on such qualities as humanity, courtesy, commitment to public service, and intellectual and analytical ability.