Not a question of ethics

'Is a lawyer worth that much?' the nation asked last week when a US firm offered u1m for a UK partner. Is a footballer worth a u100,000 a week or a movie star $20m a picture?

The simple answer is if a firm wants to pay it, it is no one else's business. It's not as if the money comes out of legal aid. The stream of US firms coming into the UK offering mega-bucks could pose a huge problem to home-grown firms which cannot compete on the wages front though.

Money may not be everything, but few lawyers could resist the temptation of becoming a millionaire.