Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Middle Temple, their first public outing since last month’s topless photo storm. There, the pair – who by putting their names to the 'Duke and Duchess of Cambridge BPTC scholarship' have amazingly managed to associate themselves with social mobility – were greeted by excited barristers-to-be.
When St Andrews University law student Rupert Finch pulled a hot first year called Kate Middleton back in 2001, he can have had scant inkling of the consequences that, years later, would flow from this act.
Indeed, if the young lad – who is now a 33-year old in-house lawyer at chemicals company Johnson Matthey – had any idea that his conquest would one day see him constantly featured in tabloid newspaper articles as the future Queen’s ex, he may have thought twice about copping off with the beauty.
But hey, how was Finch to know that Middleton would go on to hook up with a prince?
“What, no Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers?!” I bellowed after scanning Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
“No Sir Nicolas Bratza either, or Baroness Hale of Richmond, or even David Allen Green...” I continued, drawing some strange looks from the other men in the barbers’ waiting area, where I’d happened upon the latest issue of Time.
The good news is that Adele made the list, as did fellow Brits Tilda Swinton (?!) and Kate Middleton.
There were, however, foreign lawyers aplenty – especially US ones – with over 10% of Time's 100 most influential people members of the legal profession. Not that all of the chosen few made it on the back of their work as lawyers, with many having since gone onto other careers.
So who are they?