DIARY: Legal eagles have no inhibitions when it comes to showing their talons

The timing of Law Society head of press Sue Stapely’s leaving bash last week had a certain irony to it.

The timing of Law Society head of press Sue Stapely’s leaving bash last

week had a certain irony to it.



Only minutes before president Martin Mears - whose abrasive style has

caused havoc in the normally staid world of legal affairs - held a press

conference to kick-start his campaign for election to an unprecedented

second term.



A deliberate spoiling tactic perhaps? Well, says one party-goer, it

didn’t work - it just meant all the journalists were already in the

area.



That there is little love lost between the two became apparent during

the speeches at Stapely’s party. ‘Everyone here has been invited

personally by me,’ said Stapely, describing the party as an ‘election-

free zone’. Apparently it was also a Mears-free zone as there was no

sign of him



‘The last year wasn’t tough,’ said Stapely, ‘It was absolute hell. If

you see Kate Adie around don’t feel uncomfortable, this is a war zone

and she’s used to war zones,’ she added.



Prior to Stapely’s parting speech, Philip Richardson, a long-serving

member of the Law Society’s Public Relations Advisory Board, recalled an

earlier moment of drama at the Law Society, sparked off by one of

Stapeley’s first innovations: her cancelling of the wine at their lunch-

time meetings.



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