Spy games

Plenty of Westminster news today, what with Milli Vanilli doing his eenie-meenie-minnie-mo bit to pick his shadow cabinet.

New jobs all round then for the likes of Alan Johnson, Mr & Mrs Yvette Cooper and new shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, all of whom get to enjoy their first taste of life on the opposition front benches when MPs come back for their exhausting two-month pre-Christmas stint next week.

But, tenuous link fans, Red Ed’s new pinko chums aren’t the only former government employees about to start new jobs. The former GCHQ director of legal affairs Michael Drury has given up his life of mini-submarines and killer pen-holders in favour of the company cars and complimentary mouse mats of BCL Burton Copeland (see story).

Drury was a trusted adviser to the Government’s very own snoop squad, helping draft the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which governs the scope of surveillance allowed to public bodies, at the turn of millennium.

Given some of the recent stories around his media coterie, maybe the Prime Minister would like to hand a copy of the act to one or two members of his comms team… Something Miliband Jr might just bring up at his despatch box debut next week.


In The Lawyer on Monday: How Clifford Chance plans to revive the inexorable slide of its global litigation revenues; why lawyers are opposing Treasury plans for the UK Listings Association; and the top 20 Scottish firms revealed.


Also on TheLawyer.com: Baker’s half-dozen made up at Beachcroft; new head sprouts for CC in Brussels; and more firms sign up to the QualitySolicitors brand.


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