The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sir James Munby QC.
It sounds more like a fairy tale than the kind of behaviour expected in high society.
But the story of Earl Spencer, two judges and seven little piggies is unlikely to have a happy ending.
One of the country’s leading lawyers told the Earl that he had named his sow’s piglets after the character traits of a High Court judge – including ‘self-regarding’, ‘pompous’ and ‘pillock’.
Costly divorce: Earl Spencer, with his former wife Caroline, claims that settling with her out of court cost him an extra £1 million
The insults were revealed by Princess Diana’s brother as he prepared to sue the lawyer over the handling of his divorce.
The keen farmer, now a High Court judge himself, said his sow had given birth, adding: ‘The piglets will be named: James, Munby, self-regarding, pompous, publicity, seeking, and pillock...’
The insults were included in a writ Earl Spencer issued last month in the High Court.
He is seeking £1million damages from Sir Nicholas, solicitors Fladgate and barrister Elizabeth Clarke because, he says, they failed to warn him that changes to the law meant his divorce hearing would not be in private.
He had expected to pay £4million-£4.5million to Caroline Hutton, his second wife and mother of two of his children. But to avoid the public gaze, he settled out of court and paid her an extra £1million.
Insult: Sir Nicholas told how he had given his new litter of piglets names including Pompous, Pillock and Self-Regarding as a private slight to the Lord Justice Munby
He says that if he had been told about the law change earlier, he would have changed his negotiating strategy.
The Earl’s new solicitor said Sir Nicholas’s ‘clear dissatisfaction’ with the judge meant the legal team should have recommended an appeal, which they allegedly did not.
But Sir Nicholas’s solicitor John Bennett dismissed the claim as having ‘no merit’ and the email as ‘irrelevant’.
A source close to Sir Nicholas said: ‘James is one of Sir Nicholas’s closest friends. It’s the sort of thing a barrister might say, if you lost a case, to make your client feel better.’
But the Earl’s solicitor Patrick Pennal said last night: ‘It is not a “private” email communication because the relationship between Earl Spencer and Sir Nicholas Mostyn was entirely professional i.e. he was acting for remuneration.’
Target: Lord Justice Munby and right, keen farmer Sir Nicholas Mostyn
Ex City Banker John Saunders.
John Saunders OBE, Chief Executive
John Saunders is an experienced Chief Executive with a considerable record of success in complex and substantial public and private sector organisations. He was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to British Business.
After a 20 year career in Corporate Banking, John moved to the public sector in various Chief Executive, Chair and Board Member roles. Most recently John has held Chief Executive roles during the start-up phase at the Security Industry Authority and at CIPFA. John brings strong leadership, business acumen and a thorough understanding of working in challenging and politically sensitive arenas under close public scrutiny.
Another Peter Hendy in disguise ! Looking great isnt it ?
Heres another one.
Elizabeth Cooke. Solicitor and specialising in pre nuptials and Divorce.
Professor Elizabeth Cooke (Law Commissioner)
Professor Cooke began her legal career as a trainee solicitor at Withers, from 1986 to 1989 and went on to work as an assistant solicitor at Barrett and Thompson from 1989 to 1991. After completing her Masters in Property Law at the University of Reading she joined the university's School of Law as a Lecturer and then went on to become a Reader in 2001 and a professor in 2003.
Elizabeth was a member of the sub-law panel for the UK Universities'2008 Research Assessment Exercise; from 2006 to 2008 she was Chair of the University of Reading Research Ethics Committee. She has also chaired a research team funded by the Nuffield Foundation which published in 2007 a study of community of property regimes: Community of property: a regime for England and Wales.
Professor Cooke has written extensively on family law and property law.
She is currently a Law Commissioner and oversees property, family and trust law projects. The Law Commission's consultation paper, Marital Property Agreements, was published in January 2011.
As you can see folks, my CV search is once again unveilling a wealth of knowledge and expertise in our profession.
I have got more CV's to check, but is anybody else worried about Oliver Cromwells army of the best Cab Service in the globe being discussed and killed off by a bunch of academics with ABSOLUTEY NO KNOWLEDGE of our industry ?
This folks is a professionally aimed killer blow targetting our Great London Taxi Trade.
What knowledgable input or tangible expertise can come from a City Banker and a Divorce Specialist Lawyer ?
Exactly ! Diddly squat mate !
My radar is going nuts here !
Perhaps Miss Cooke wants to Divorce us from our badges eh ?
It's a bloody ruse folks, you watch.
Another one of the team sent to kill us.
Frances Patterson QC. Expert in Social Care and Human Rights.
Frances was appointed the Law Commissioner for a period of five years in December 2009. She is head of Kings Chambers in Manchester and Leeds also head of the Public Law department within those chambers. Amongst many other things, Frances is also a leading practitioner in Community Care law.
The talk outlined the project and areas of law reform before looking towards the future and the publication of the Law Commission's final report on adult social care in May 2011.
It was explained that the overarching aim of the reforms is to promote or contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and the duty to access will be at the heart of the new system.
"We are suggesting that assessments are portable and that there is a clear divide between health and social care but also that there is an integration between the two" said Patterson.
Consultation for the reform showed overwhelming support for retaining a number of key legal rights and strong backing for maintaining duties to co-operate between social services and other agencies and for the proposal to introduce a duty to investigate in adult protection cases.
Frances explained that the scheme will be reviewed as a whole to make sure it can accommodate policies such as personalisation, self-directed support, prevention and the universal services, while also maintaining the strong legal rights that have been overwhelmingly supported by consultees.
What do you mean, should we crap ourselves ? Of course we should !
He is well taught, well practised, genuine and extremely capable.
Prof David Ormerod
Professor of Criminal Justice, Queen Mary University, London
David Ormerod joined Queen Mary in April 2007. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and several hundred case commentaries.
David holds a number of Editorial positions. He is the Cases Editor of the Criminal Law Review and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Evidence & Proof, Covert Policing Review and the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.
In addition, he lectures regularly for the Judicial Studies Board on Criminal Law, Serious Sexual Offences and the Law of Evidence. He recently assisted the JSB in updating the Judicial Studies Board Specimen Directions. He has acted as a consultant to the Law Commission, Home Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat. David is also a member of the national Criminal Justice Council.
He is a Barrister in the Chambers of David Etherington QC, 18 Red Lion Court.
David is a guest speaker for these webinars
And of course, every panel needs an accountant !
David Hertzell. A posh and high ranking one, but an accountant at the end of it all !
David Hertzell is one of the five Law Commissioners of England and Wales, and is responsible for commercial and common law projects including those to reform the law of insurance and sale of goods. He started his legal career with solicitors Davies Arnold Cooper in 1981 and became a partner in 1989 specialising in insurance, reinsurance and regulatory law. He was Managing Partner from 1992 – 1996 and from 2000 – 2006. He was appointed a Law Commissioner in 2007. He is an acknowledged expert on captive insurance and chaired the AIRMIC Captive Focus Group until he joined the Law Commission. David is a member of the CII, and was a member of the BSI drafting committee on risk management.