Top QC In W*nker Hand Gesture Shame

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Barrister delivers annoying speech. Rival barrister rolls his eyes, turns to his junior and conspiratorially makes the international hand gesture for ‘wanker’. Other lawyers spot gesture and, outraged, complain to the judge. The sort of implausible scene that you might get in BBC drama Silk, but never in real life, right?


Wrong. According to The Independent’s diary column, this actually happened the other day at the Leveson Inquiry, with 11 South Square’s Michael Silverleaf QC playing the role of obscene gesture-maker.


With all those journalists present, I wonder why this juicy little story didn’t make it into any other papers.

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I believe he just had a spot of rheumatism in his hand and clenched and unclenched it to try and relieve it. Ahem.

That it could be construed otherwise clearly says more about the lawyers and journalists who saw this supposedly obscene gesture than the chap himself. 😉


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