Diary: The member of the bar whose sentences have proved a hit behind bars

Soho celeb agency Neil Reading Publicity has hit on a great wheeze that could keep client costs down and offer employment to Britain’s burgeoning prison population - a press cuttings service.

Soho celeb agency Neil Reading Publicity has hit on a great wheeze

that could keep client costs down and offer employment to Britain’s

burgeoning prison population - a press cuttings service.



The scheme is already being trialed, in a certain high security slammer,

for Neil Reading client and the Mirror’s celebrity lawyer Gary

Jacobs.



Agency chairman Matthew Stubbs explains he first stumbled upon the

scheme when, having missed certain of Jacobs’ articles, he suggested to

his client that he could get a cuttings service.



’Gary then told me how he already had one,’ said Stubbs. ’And that a

client who happens to be doing a long stretch, gets all the papers and

sends him his cuts.’



Jacobs himself says of his helper: ’I think he just wants to do

something for me because I do a lot for him. He is alone in this country

and he rings me at home most days. He’s someone all my family are

concerned with.’



So loyal, it seems, is Jacobs’s client, that he’s even written to more

than 100 fellow inmates urging them to send their legal problems into

the criminal lawyer’s column.



Someone should tell Michael Howard.



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