It has been a good week for…

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who has conveniently found pressing legal reasons to go on a fact finding mission to, wait for it, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.

Wrinkly magistrates. Lord Irvine has welcomed the fact that 10 per cent of the magistrates appointed last year were over 55.

The barrister members of the Chambers' Directory's £1m-a-year club. They are: Graham Aaronson, Michael Burton, Christopher Carr, Terence Etherton, Michael Flesch, John Gardiner, Elizabeth Gloster, David Goldberg, Anthony Grabiner, David Oliver, Gordon Pollock, Jules Sher, Nicholas Stadlen, Jonathan Sumption and Geoffrey Vos.

Louise Woodward, who was given two to three weeks unpaid work experience by Liverpool firm Quinn Melville, which acted for her in England during her trial and subsequent appeal in the US.