Terrorists. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, has ruled that the UK's key weapon against terrorists, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989, violates the basic right to a fair trial. The landmark ruling condemns certain sections of the Act for undermining the presumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty and thereby violating the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who is now President of Christ's College Law Society, Cambridge.
Clinical negligence lawyers. According to the doctors' insurance body, the Medical Protection Society, general practitioners are 13 times more likely to be sued than 10 years ago, and there were 500 cases against them last year compared with only 38 in 1989.