Social climbers

Lawyers occasionally moan on a tough deal that they have a mountain to climb before completion. But two rugged types from Barnetts Solicitors really do have to don the crampons and sturdy footwear and start preparing for altitude sickness. Notably, though, neither of them are lawyers.

Neil Sargison, from the firm’s accounts department, is set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February, while information, communications and technology director James Whelan faces the challenge of Mount Everest in May 2004.

Both men are on the lookout for sponsors to raise money for Whizz Kidz. Neither is on the lookout for lawyers, seeing as none from the firm are doing it.