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A cunning plan

Fresh from his starring role in the state opening of parliament, everyone's favourite government minister (no, not Nick Clegg or George Osborne), Chris Grayling, hotfooted it over to east London for the annual lunch of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

6 June 2014

Well, I say 'lunch', but given that the opening of parliament was moved from its usual date in September to early June to allow the coalition to get the job done, the lunch didn't start until 7pm.

The great and the good were in attendance, with the lord chancellor looming over assembled masses like a great spectre. The top table was a veritable 'who's who' of the legal profession: Lords Leveson, Dyson, Bach and Faulks to name but a few.

CILEx president Stephen Gowland made a brave stand in his speech and, undoubtedly, made the lord chancellor feel a little uncomfortable. Cunningly making the welcome before the main course, like a nervous groom at a wedding, he was able to settle in for the rest of the evening without any more ceremonial duties distracting him from his food.

But at this particular marriage, best-man duties fell to the guest of honour. Showing either contempt for those assembled or an incredible bravery, Mr Grayling tack...

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