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 Sun’s inspired headline on the McCartney-Mills divorce last week – ‘Mucca chucksa cuppa water over Macca’s lawyer Shacka’ – set the tone for frenzied web debate about the other ‘issue’ surrounding the settlement.

“Her hair looks much better after Mucca’s dousing,” posted www.thesun.co.uk reader Marzipam in praise of the Payne Hicks Beach partner Fiona Shakleton’s inadvertent poolside look. “Liberating that hideous 1982 Sloane’s bouffant knocked 20 years off the old bat – she should take the hint and lay off the Elnett and afro comb permanently,” she added.

“It actually takes years off of her, maybe she should consider a re-style!” agreed www.dailymail.co.uk poster Mike, briefly possessed by the spirit of Oscar Wilde.

“If Heather did throw the water, I hope that Ms Shackleton sues the hell out of her!” contributed fellow dailymail.co.uk poster, Neil.

“Pretty? I must really be short-sighted!!” wrote a mysterious Fiona on www.express.co.uk.

And so it went on…

Meanwhile, posters on www.typepad.com reacted predictably to research by US professor Linda Krieger showing that US lawyers exhibit clinical anxiety, hostility and depression at rates ranging from eight to 15 times those of the general population, and rank the highest for depression out of 104 occupational groups.

“Lawyers are depressed? Lend them some rope…” responded Noneposted. “Poor lawyers, so misunderstood,” added Doggydaddy. “We should all realize that the unethical, untrustworthy, untruthful ones are giving the other 1% a bad rep.”

“If a lawyer and an IRS [Inland Revenue Service] agent were both drowning and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?” asked The DB.

It was left to poster KC Cicero to defend the profession: “With this Administration & Supreme Court, anyone who takes seriously the responsibility to uphold the Constitution should be clinically depressed.”