Secret agents with an identity crisis. Global giants MGM cinemas and Sony were due to go to battle in a terse courtroom thriller over who gets to make the next James Bond movie. The fight ended with a $5m (u3.12m) settlement giving MGM a licence to film – leaving Sony shaken not stirred, perhaps.
Law student Aaliyah Hussein, whose star-status boyfriend Mark Morrison stood by her, praised her and called her a "passionate woman who loves her man", despite her landing him in hospital. Hussein allegedly smacked bad-boy singer Morrison in the mouth, and was promptly arrested. But Morrison forgave her, saying: "I'm so proud. She hit me good, but I'll be a better man because of this bust lip."
Trouser legs and funny handshakes. At least 27 per cent of male magistrates are guaranteed to be delighted at the UK's newest university degree course – freemasonry. The first Master of Arts in freemasonry looks likely to go ahead in October 2000, although the university involved is, of course, not being disclosed. Whether or not Law Society members will be able to gain CPD hours from attending the course is not yet known.
Tartan. Following in the footsteps of the Bay City Rollers, Mel Gibson and Rod Stewart, comes the latest high-profile tartanophile – United Nations legal adviser Hans Corell. Top international lawyer Corell, who escorted the Lockerbie suspects to Holland, is a demon bagpipe player, Burns enthusiast and kilt-wearer. The Swede has been obsessed with Scotland since visiting the country at the age of 16 and is prone to spontaneous renditions of "Wee sleekit cowrin' timrous beastie" in a strong Swedish accent.