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A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.

Straw 'names and shames' the richest legal aid lawyers

The country's richest crime lawyers have been named and shamed by the Justice Secretary in an attempt to prove barristers and solicitors are overpaid by the state.

Eila Grahame: Antiques dealer whose shop was a magnet for curators and collectors

Church Street, Kensington, is full of antique shops. It winds up the hill from the High Street for just over half its length, then goes straight down to Notting Hill. At the summit of the hill was a small dark shop, its fascia painted black, and above the door in rather small capitals the name "EILA GRAHAME". To the left of the door, picked out against the general blackness by indirect lighting, was a frequently changing display of old, usually English, glass. On the other side you could see, less clearly (but that only made them more seductive), other things, some identifiable, some not, but always eye-catching.

No plans to raise criminality age

Calls for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 12 were rejected yesterday as the Government insisted the two 10-year-olds who killed James Bulger in 1993 were old enough to face trial.

The Family Man, By Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman has a reputation for sharp, perceptive social comedies, but her ninth novel proves more screwball than hardball. Manhattan attorney Henry Archer, a gay man of a certain age, has recently discovered that the coat-check girl at his local hair salon is Thalia – his long-estranged stepdaughter.

Handsome Chinese vagrant draws fans of 'homeless chic'

Identity of 'Brother Sharp' – dubbed China's coolest man – remains a mystery

Naomi Campbell won't face charges over 'attack'

Supermodel Naomi Campbell looked to have avoided facing another assault charge today after being accused of hitting her driver in New York.

Lawyers report 500 per cent rise in school admission appeals

Record numbers of disgruntled parents are expected to seek legal advice this week after failing to secure their children places at any of their preferred secondary schools.

Brittany Murphy's post mortem released

Actress Brittany Murphy's post mortem report details how pneumonia, severe anaemia and prescription medications killed the 8 Mile actress.

Niall Ferguson and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In an article (8 February 2010) we said that Niall Ferguson had left his wife for Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Since publication their lawyers have asked us to point out that Mr Ferguson’s marriage had broken down and he had moved out of the marital home before he met Ms Ali. We are happy to do so.

Highest paid civil barrister before disciplinary panel for fee cheating

One of Britain’s highest paid civil barristers tried to double his publicly-funded Legal Aid fees by claiming for work that he had not done, a hearing was told today.

BNP members to vote on whites-only policy

The British National Party is to decide today on whether to scrap its whites-only membership policy.

Wayne Rooney speaks out in court

Footballer Wayne Rooney agreed today that his agent had helped make him a "very wealthy young man".

Donatella Versace: 'I'm not a believer in the natural look'

She likes her egos big – and hair even bigger. She thinks it's time models were super again. Donatella Versace presents her fashion manifesto to Jo-Ann Furniss for Love magazine

Hearts and Minds, By Amanda Craig

Polly Noble, an immigration lawyer and protagonist in Craig's previous novels who perfectly straddles the left-leaning sensibility and middle-class privilege of her North London tribe, has now shed her rich American husban and is going it alone as a divorced professional mother.

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