A story has been doing the rounds on Twitter and in the Blogosphere over the weekend about an award apparently given to law student suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat by the Palestine Committee of the Arab Lawyers Union.
Jaradat (pictured) killed 21 people and injured 51 when she blew herself up in the Israeli city of Haifa in 2003 weeks before she was due to qualify as a lawyer.
If correct, the story – first reported in detail on Thursday on the website of Israel-based NGO Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) – could prompt responses from the Law Society and The Bar Council, which share membership of a number of international legal organisations with the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU).
Interesting, but hardly surprising, to note that the winners of last month’s DLA Piper 'Journalist Awards' have all contributed favourable pieces of editorial about the firm to their respective publications.
DLA’s 'Business Journalist of the Year', Ian King of The Times, co-authored 'How did business weather the economic winter? (£)', featuring some nice quotes delivered on behalf of the whole legal profession from DLA chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles.
Meanwhile, Legal Week’s Alex Novarese, winner of DLA’s 'Legal Journalist of the Year', hosted this cosy interview – produced in a charming 1970s style – with Sir Nige and the firm's global co-chairman Tony Angel.
Imagine a photo of the Queen knocking back sherry with her favourite partner at Farrer & Co, the solicitors to the royal family.
Or a snap of Lord Sumption trapped in a jokey headlock administered by his former client Roman Abramovich.
Well, the equivalent happened in America the other day, when celeb mag The Hollywood Reporter accompanied its 'Power Lawyers' 2012 list with some brilliant pictures...
At Legal Cheek, we love awards. The Lawyer Awards, the British Legal Awards, the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, even the Kerrang! Awards...representatives from this blog have attended them all.
What beats watching corporate lawyers parade around like rockstars for the evening?
Observing them being lampooned by leftie pressure groups. Which is the business model, coincidentally, of EthicalOil's OPEC Lobbyist Of The Year Awards.
This year’s winner, for his tireless efforts advancing Saudi censorship tactics, goes to...
The food (pictured below) was cold, the award presentations seemed to go on forever and event host Jason Manford looked like he’d rather have been anywhere else but the Grosvenor Hotel. Still, last night’s The Lawyer Awards provided some interesting insights into the legal profession’s soul.
Two judges, a QC and the head of the Crown Prosecution Service woke up over the weekend to the exciting news that they had been included in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
However, when they proceeded to check out the illustrious company amongst whom they found themselves, their hearts may have fallen a little bit upon discovering that fellow subjects had been honoured for services to basket-making, the pig industry and organising a party on the Regent's Canal.
A newly knighted lawyer peruses the Queen's honours list
Gasps, sighs and the sentence "A blog about a Scottish football team’s tax case?!" echoed around a disbelieving Church House Hall in Westminster last night, as the winner of the Orwell Prize for blogging was announced.
Supporters of Beneath the Wig author and former barrister Milly Bancroft, one of seven bloggers nominated for the prestigious prize, shook their heads in disbelief as some Scottish bloke trudged to the front and made some speech about football and tax.
"GET OFF! YOU’RE BORING!" we yelled in unison, before turning on the event organisers. "Where’s the food? At other award ceremonies you get food! What the hell is this?!" we continued.
“Every single night of every single year the Grosvenor House hotel in London is filled with Jimmy Carr, who is presenting Geoff Stokes with an award for being the best fertiliser salesman in the northwest. Geoff isn’t, though. It’s just that his company has bought more advertising that year from the organisers,” wrote Jeremy Clarkson in his Sunday Times column (£) last week.
Well, the same applies in law. The most recent example of this phenomenon occurred last week at the City Wealth Magazine ‘Magic Circle Awards’ held at London's Grange Hotel.
"We did it!" A delighted katten
Out of nowhere, Baker & McKenzie and Katten Munchin Roseman swooped in to scoop the top prizes of, respectively, best law firm/best international law firm, and lawyer of the year/international lawyer of the year.
How did they do it? Now, doubtless both these organisations stand head and shoulders above their peers, with their respective "lawyers of the year" wonderful individuals who will be remembered fondly for generations to come. But even so, might the wins not have something to do with the fact that Baker and Katten sponsored the ‘Magic Circle Awards’?
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, whose day job these days is as a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley, bagged a special prize for his contribution to music at the Brit Awards last night, alongside fellow band members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James.
Rowntree (the ginger-haired one you never knew the name of, until now, in the pic above) also performed a couple of songs with his Blur chums – back together for the first time since 2009.
Despite his smiles on stage, though, the occasion was laced with pain for the corporate law rock-star.
How do legal magazines that have seen their print advertising revenues plummet over the last few years make money? They hold Oscars-style awards ceremonies for lawyers – and flog tables for £4,000 a pop to law firms which are “nominated” for their prestigious prizes.
Well, it used to be £4,000. Indeed, 2012 prices at The Lawyer, Legal Week and monthly title Legal Business remain around that mark once you factor in VAT. But the snappily-named International Financial Law Review (IFLR) - where as an interesting aside, The Independent editor Chris Blackhurst began his career - has just upped the ante. A table at the IFLR’s forthcoming European awards ceremony in March will set firms back a massive £7,000!
The poor souls are worried. “Could we be on the verge of a wave of award price inflation?” an anonymous source within one City firm quivered.