It's been a good week for…

Cigarette companies. After repeated batterings in the courts, the tobacco giants were given a breath of fresh air when the US Supreme Court appeared sceptical of government claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the power to regulate their products. The FDA is trying to ban cigarette sponsorship of sport and limit vending machine sales.

Criminal lawyers, who are set for a boom period if Home Office figures are to be believed. As Home Secretary Jack Straw announced a range of new anti-crime measures, including the expansion of DNA testing, his department predicted a 30 per cent rise in property crime leading up to the next election.

Lawyers and accountants, who are being offered a way to avoid the embarrassment of dawn raids by tax inspectors. The Inland Revenue is set to be given new powers to obtain an order from a stipendiary magistrate to demand confidential documents that would have to be handed over within a week. The Revenue claims the powers, which many fear lack sufficient safeguards, are a way of "helping" professionals avoid bad publicity.