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Mr Burns Chris Grayling: "Hit him where he lives" in his constituency of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey – which also happens to be the home of many a top QC...
On Friday we revealed that the directors of the company behind an event charging wannabe barristers for pupillage application advice are Tooks Chambers barristers Naeem Mian and Sultana Tafadar. Not keen to be associated with such behaviour, one of Tooks' star silks, Hugh Southey QC, today took to Twitter with the aim of distancing himself and his chambers from the venture.
No one, it seems, had shown Southey the whopping great ad for the event plastered on Tooks' website. In it, the top civil liberties set labels the paid-for pupillage application and interview session as "ground breaking"...
It started with this proud tweet from John Cooper QC.
This is one of those 'Wow, just wow!' stories. It has two strands, which come together in the most bizarre way.
Last spring, a flamboyant Twitter character called Banffers QC (whose old avatar photo is pictured, left) caused a storm when he was outed as a fake after offering several law students "pupillages at his chambers". At which point, @BanffersQC mysteriously vanished.
A year later, we ran what we thought was a completely unrelated story about the implausibly large number of Twitter followers of Lincolnshire police commissioner candidate Mervyn Barrett.
The story helped spur an investigation into Barrett by The Telegraph, which on Sunday revealed that his campaign was backed by what it termed "American neo-conservative lobbyists and companies pushing for police privatisation". Since the news broke, both Barrett and his campaign manager, Matthew Brown (who is also the chairman of one of the companies apparently backing Barrett), have quit.
Now, this is where the two strands come together...