On Tuesday, we relayed the extraordinary news that 18 Red Lion Court veteran Anthony Arlidge QC, 75, had left his partner of 12 years, judge and barrister Constance Briscoe, for a 27 year-old wannabe barrister called ‘Heather’.
We can reveal the identity of Heather below...
In his recently relinquished role of Master of Entertainments at Middle Temple, Anthony Arlidge QC was able to "illuminate for...the student body the sheer magic of music, dance, theatre and history."
Perhaps this capacity explains how the veteran 18 Red Lion Court barrister managed to pull a 27-year old Bar wannabe called "Heather", for whom he has since left his partner of 12 years, the 9-12 Bell Yard barrister and part-time recorder Constance Briscoe.
“Can she legitimately claim to be left-wing when she’s married to a banker,” I found myself wondering the other day as I listened to a legal aid lawyer tell me of her horror at the impending funding cuts.
Certainly, she enjoys the benefits of her husband’s fat salary. And it was bankers, let’s not forget, who brought about the financial crisis that made all the cuts necessary in the first place.
Nick Clegg, who is married to big-earning City lawyer Miriam Gonzalez (pictured), suffers a similar credibility problem, having last week demanded that all MPs disclose their tax returns while insisting that his wife’s earnings are her business only.
Not that it’s hard to find out what sort of money Gonzalez pulls in. Profit per equity partner at her law firm, Dechert, stands at £1.3 million. While Gonzalez, who is head of the firm’s London-based EU Trade and EU Government Affairs practice, won’t be earning quite that much (such sums are reserved for the US firms’ top home-based partners), she is reported to be on well in excess of £500,000...
"What first attracted you to short, balding millionaire Paul Daniels?" Mrs Merton once memorably asked the dancer Debbie McGee.
Similar questions are being put to Anna Chapman (pictured left), the glamorous 30-year old Russian arrested for espionage in 2010, after it emerged that she was romantically involved with the rather less glamorous John Altorelli (pictured right), a partner at DLA Piper, before her deportation from the US.
Chapman, who previously lived in Stoke Newington with her British ex-husband, apparently started going out with Altorelli after he lost a lot of weight following his separation from his wife. Soon after, the pair began living together in his Manhattan apartment.
According to the New York Post, the lawyer, who recently left troubled firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, told friends that Chapman had given him the “best sex” he ever had while boasting of her adventurousness between the sheets. These friends also reported that Altorelli had showered Chapman with gifts, including clothes and jewels...
At a loose end on Valentine's Day, Alex Aldridge signs up to several websites aimed specifically at members of the legal profession who are looking for love
Single? Find yourself attracted to like-minded people? Well, you’re probably already on one of the niche lawyer dating websites which keep appearing. For those who aren’t, I joined a few this morning, nipped out for a date over lunch, then raced back to Legal Cheek headquarters to write a blog recounting my experiences.
The first sites I found were Lawyerflirts.com and Datelawyer.com. They’re a bit of a cheat, because after you sign up you’re sent through to millionairematch.com where I couldn’t spot a single lawyer. I did, however, find lots of smooth-talking businessmen, including London-based 'DancingLover 60' who has "a big heart and small ego, a sense of humour and a scents of Armani."
There’s a suspicious lack of lawyers on Dating4lawyers.com, too. Most of the users seem to be either after someone with loads of cash, or are themselves in receipt of riches which they are crudely seeking to exploit in their quest for a partner who’s hotter than them.
So how do lawyers find other lawyers to go on dates with?
Dear Auntie Em,
I read with great interest your piece dated 6 February, 'Barrister, 40: How I Netted Stunner, 25'.
As it happens, I'm 40 myself, a barrister, and, since the breakdown of my relationship two years ago, single.
Despite re-reading the aforementioned article a number of times, I'm still not clear how the barrister involved, David Wilman (pictured), netted his stunner, 25.
Could you provide me with some advice?
Thank you in advance,
It began in turquoise waters off Hapuna Beach in Maui. David Wilman, an employed barrister at SJ Berwin, was splashing around trying to forget his daily City grind when he struck up a conversation with Catie Williams, a glamorous young marketing professional from Canada.
“Just as I was getting out of the water, she told me to look her up on Facebook,” 40-year old Wilman told The Times’ Court and Social pages on Saturday. “She was Catie with a ‘C’ from Saskatchewan. I had no idea how to spell that, so I told her I was David with a ‘D’ from London.”
Now, what does a 25-year old blonde bombshell do with some extremely vague contact details given to her by a pasty Speedo-clad Brit almost twice her age?