Mr Justice Toulson, who was able to brush up on US popular culture while sitting as a judge. He watched a video of the Howard Stern Show featuring a woman under hypnosis who believed she was having an orgasm and a man who was convinced he was pregnant. The video was shown in a claim by a man who alleges he developed a psychiatric illness after being hypnotised as part of a show by Paul McKenna.

Legal aid solicitors in Liverpool, where one in 15 people received green form advice, easily the highest figure in the country, according to the Legal Aid Board's annual report.

Lord Mishcon, who proved he still has political clout when he made a crucial intervention in the House of Lords debate on the gay age of consent. He argued that the legitimate age should remain at 18.