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.