Inn The Know: Gossip That’s Too Scurrilous To Publish In Full, But Too Juicy To Waste

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Editorial note: welcome to Legal Cheek’s new gossip column. It’ll run every time we get a backlog of stories where we’re unable to name names for legal reasons.

*News has reached us of an extremely respectable QC who was refused entry to a central London nightclub because the bouncers deemed him too drunk. The incident happened over a year ago, but the QC has since gone on to take a very public role at the Bar. “He was completely wasted – and it was the middle of the week,” said a horrified lawyer who witnessed the scene.

*There was uproar when we named the 27 year-old Bar graduate who Anthony Arlidge QC, 76, left Constance Briscoe for. But Arlidge isn’t the only senior lawyer in a relationship with a member of the legal profession many years his junior. An equity partner at a top 20 City law firm is known to be involved in a similar – if rather more secretive – set-up with a colleague who has recently completed her training contract.

*Inns of Court dinners are well known for the opportunity they provide barristers with time on their hands to wow impressionable wannabes. Amid the adoration, sometimes the barristers get rather carried away, as happened earlier this year  when one evoked the spirit of the Shearman & Sterling ‘grope’ associate by unsuccessfully trying it on with a BPTC student during a post-dining visit to a Soho strip club.

*And finally, gay students beginning their legal studies this autumn should beware of the “homophobic banter” that was apparently commonplace in the canteen of one London law school during the last academic year. We’ve had this from several different sources, but have been unable to name the law school in question without any hard evidence. Feel free to send us some.

If you have any juicy titbits of gossip, high brow or from the gutter, please email (in the strictest of confidence)



How will your readers be able to distinguish the scurrilous gossip from the rest of the dross you publish on this site?


troy codnee

I cannot believe that Legal Cheek or counsel would describe anything on here as scurrilous gossip. Legal Cheek is a pioneer of noteworthy articles about the legal profession. I have nothing but contempt for those who suggest that it is an amateurish piece of bitter and inconsequential pseudo journalism written by someone who cannot accept his own failures in life, perhaps solely for the purpose of soothing a bruised ego.


Jane Henthorn

Troy Codnee is obviously a wronged party… Chill out Troy, this site rocks.


troy codnee

No, just making my way through reading the whole internet. A good read, but a little too much pornography


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