Its been a good week for:

Staff at Davies Arnold Cooper. Last week their boss, David McIntosh, told the Trainee Solicitors' Group that professional success was not inevitably linked to a life of long hours. Assistants at the firm may wish to remind David of this should they ever decide they want to leave at 5.30pm on the dot.

Hammond Suddards, which won the 1998 Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) award for professional excellence in alternative dispute resolution.

Holborn law firm Collyer Bristow, which acted for West Indies cricketer Brian Lara in his negotiations with the West Indies Cricket Board and helped save the team's historic tour to South Africa. Now if the firm could just get Lara not to play against England…