Brighton ruck

Perhaps it’s because of election year, but there was precious little legal presence at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week.

Tulkinghorn’s mole found many exhibits advertising charities and trade unions, but only one dedicated legal stand.

The Law Centres Federation was there to advertise its work for those who cannot afford legal advice, running a fringe event
on Wednesday evening about equality and human rights.

There was better news for law firms inside the main hall, as Davies Arnold Cooper client and Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan received a standing ovation from delegates.

Khan was there to help promote the London 2012 Olympic bid, which is sponsored by several law firms. Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields will be pleased to know the money is being well spent on hundreds of little white promotional flags, waved enthusiastically by all attending the conference.

But the law was mostly represented by stalwarts of the Sussex police. They surrounded the conference centre after lunch and prevented anyone from entering until a certain former barrister was safe inside and the booing from pro-hunt protesters had died down.

It’s nice to know Tony Blair’s welfare is safe in the hands of the UK’s finest – but that was scant comfort to The Lawyer and media colleagues forced to freeze in a biting Brighton breeze for half an hour.