No meeting of minds on club

MANCHESTER lawyers are debating this week whether to continue meeting in a club that excludes women members.

The debate, which falls as solicitors across the country gather in the city for the Solicitors Annual Conference, has been forced by Oldham personal injury lawyer Carol Hepworth.

She thinks the society should stop using the 19th century St James's Club. “It's quite obviously a gentlemen's club – it has that hallowed atmosphere and I do not think it is appropriate for Law Society meetings,” she said.

President John Potter said he agreed with her, but the letters he had received about it were split 50-50.