It's been a bad week for…

Mishcon de Reya partner Anthony Julius, who has been pilloried in the press for attending only two meetings of the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial committee. Julius, Diana's former solicitor, stands accused of missing six meetings. Mishcons came under fire at the time of the fund's launch after charging it u1.9m legal fees.

Bob Blizzard MP, who is being sued by his former secretary Sheena Fisher for u1,500. Fisher, who is being advised by GMB Union lawyers, is alleging that Blizzard still owes her payment for nearly 130 hours of overtime, failed to pay her mileage and failed to backdate a salary increase.

Little boys who spit. Two teenagers have been banned from spitting in public and told by a court they face up to five years in jail if they defy the order. The youths, who are the first people in England to be served with anti-social behaviour orders, have also been barred from an entire suburb in Merseyside.