Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

•The lawyer that got the cream
On the Law Society’s roll of qualified solicitors there are thousands of frustrated novelists and poets, whose legal careers have overtaken their artistic ambitions.

But Ashurst IP/IT associate Inbali Iserles is the least frustrated of the lot, after Walker Books published her novel The Tygrine Cat at the start of July.

According to her website (www.inbaliiserles.com) the book is about a young cat called Mati, who has to harness his magical powers to defeat an assasin bent on killing him.

Iserles’ five-year career at Ashurst has helped her with an insight into the children’s market, having worked on deals such as the sale of Legoland parks and the acquisition of HIT Entertainment, which controls the rights to Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angelina Ballerina and the Guinness World Records.

Luckily Iserles provides a bit more incisive information about herself on the Walker Books website.

She likes spiders: “I won’t kill spiders and actively look for them when vacuum cleaning to avoid sucking them up.”

She doesn’t like homemade medicine: “I once tried to replicate George’s Marvellous Medicine with a friend. It was peppermint green, as thick as tar and smelled of old socks. My friend dutifully gulped it down, but I spat out my mouthful when he wasn’t looking.”

She’s afraid of aubergines too: “I love the taste of aubergine – but because I burned my hand on a roasting one as a child I am scared to touch them.”

Fair enough. It’s hard to think of a more terrifying vegetable.

•Circumspect circumlocution
Although diversity is big news these days, one story has gone unreported. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (or K&L Gates to its friends) has appointed a director of diversity.

Richard Jones, a diversity strategist with a California-based consultancy, has joined the firm.

According to the press release on the firm’s website (www.klgates.com), he will “develop business-focused, comprehensive diversity programs that addresses generational, cultural, racial, gender, sexual orientation, and other issues involving diversity in the workplace, with an emphasis on teamwork and inclusion”.

Sounds like he has a busy few months ahead.

But perhaps the main reason why this story has not been picked up by the UK media is the quote from managing partner Peter Kalis, who says: “We welcome Rick to the firm to join our diversity dialogue.”

They should have done a UK-friendly version with a ‘diversity natter over tea and biscuits’, or maybe even ‘a swift diversity pint after work’.

•It’s not big and it’s not clever
You wake up with a sore head, praying that you did nothing silly last night. Then you see the headline “Violent barrister waved penis about at wedding” on www.metro.co.uk.

The barrister in question is Christopher Dunn of Sovereign Chambers, who has been accused of drunkenly beating a man at a wedding shortly after exposing himself.

Dunn himself specialises in criminal law and has written an article about where the law stands on the use of martial arts. In his article on the Fighting Arts website (www.fighting arts.com/reading), Dunn says: “Walk away if you safely can. If you cannot walk away safely, only use as much force as will allow you to get away. If you cannot get away, use only as much force as is necessary to neutralise the threat.”

Whether or not you need to get your old chap out at the same time is not discussed in the article.

He ends with: “The authors are currently compiling a book about martial arts and self defence and would be interested in hearing any stories from martial artists who have employed their skills and the reaction they received from law enforcement officials and/or the courts.”

Dunn should have a decent amount of material once the court case ends.