Taking the hiss

Is the right to privacy going too far? First it was Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, but now…
An engineering consultancy was recently prosecuted for allegedly damaging a smooth snake habitat (no, nothing to do with the legal profession). Following the works, an injured smooth snake was found and whisked off to a vet for round-the-clock care at the consultancy's expense. The consultancy's lawyers, Chris Corney of Fishburn Morgan Cole and Richard Harwood of Eldon Chambers, were bemused to find the prosecution complaining in a witness statement that the vet had denied them access to the snake's reports “because of patient confidentiality”.
Tulkinghorn can reveal that the consultants were acquitted and understands that the snake will give an exclusive interview to Hello! magazine – once he's out of hibernation, that is.