The paparazzi were poised, the red carpet had been rolled out and autograph hunters were waiting in anticipation. Actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave was billed as star of the show at the annual bar conference held in London on 4 November.
A mystery is solved. A year ago we reported that the makers of the next Paddington Bear film were seeking a copy of the Gazette as ‘set dressing’. At the time, we speculated that our ursine friend might find himself needing legal advice on matters of immigration and asylum.
Plenty of people will have something to say about the government’s latest wheeze for piloting extended court hours. And HMCTS should be applauded for being so willing to meet those who will be working the later sittings.
Obiter was encouraged to learn that the ‘below-the-line’, ever feisty commentators on the Gazette’s website are not wasting their cyber-breath.