Scuffle of the week

The Lord Chancellor stands accused of sexism, racism and cronyism over the appointment of his old buddy Garry Hart (pictured right) as his special adviser. South Croydon Employment Tribunal heard last week that Derry Irvine, a member of the all-male Garrick club, allegedly chose to live in a world dominated by white men and had "known only one black person for a long time". Immigration lawyer Jane Coker and legal adviser Martha Osamor are taking a sex and race discrimination claim against Irvine and his department because he failed to advertise the u73,000-a-year special adviser post. The hearing was still under way as The Lawyer went to press.