“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?
The Royal Charter conferred recently upon law’s plucky underdogs, legal executives, carries great power, elevating them in status to the hallowed ground occupied by esteemed chartered professionals like accountants.
Imagine, then, an opportunity to glimpse the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives' (CILEX) Royal Charter itself – a dream that a select group of elite figures from the world of law, led by me, RoundMyKitchenTable podcast host Kevin Poulter and Supreme Court President Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, were fortunate enough to see come true last night.
Needless to say, guests at the event, held at the prestigious Wallace Collection in central London, were encouraged to make adjustments so as to properly honour the Charter. CILEX chief executive Diane Burleigh (pictured left) led by example with the removal of her shoes.
Other attendees quickly followed...