When Piper Alderman had the chance to celebrate its role in establishing the newly launched National Stem Cell Centre it sure didn’t keep any tricks up its sleeve. Or under its hat, for that matter.
In fact, there was very little garb to discern when 70 clients turned up to Melbourne Museum’s Mind and Body Gallery earlier this month for the event.
No doubt dressed to the nines themselves for such a prestigious occasion, the esteemed guests were surrounded by sculptures and photographs featuring every imaginable variety of the naked human form.
So much for the law being a cloaked profession.
It’s a taxi! It’s a train! No it’s … Scooterman!
Sydney’s nightly legion of quaffing lawyers needn’t worry about inebriated encounters with public transport any more now that this two-wheeled crusader has hit the streets.
Folklaw asserts it was not under the influence when it came across the town’s newest superhero, who has pledged to scour bars and pubs in search of would-be drunken drivers.
Although yet to appear in a comic strip, Scooterman is expected to go down better than a piccolo of Moet with lawyers unable to drive themselves home after a big night.
Provided you’re in a fit enough state to still decipher the Hindu Arabic numeral system, a quick call to our trusty champion will result in him scooting over to you courtesy of a collapsible motor bike, which folds neatly into the boot of any car.
Aside from driving you and your car — which in some cases may be more valuable than the export yield of a third world nation — safely home, Scooterman will patiently absorb drunken ravings on topics such as, but by no means restricted to, the following:
· The removal of chocolate biscuits from tea service
· Why your belt seems to have one less hole every week or so
· Whatever happened to Kenny G?
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it could be, but you won’t know for sure unless you visit www.scootermansydney.com.au.
Slow on the intake
While the ACT law society may have returned safely from the vast reaches of cyberspace, someone should perhaps investigate where journos at the Canberra Times have been for the past six months.
On 31 August 2003 a story appeared ”announcing” the merger between plaintiff friendly Slater & Gordon and ACT Comcare experts Richards Lawyers.
Extremely comprehensive and quite well-written to boot, the piece included comments from both sides and details of their most famed successes.
Unfortunately, it missed one vital ingredient: timeliness.
The two firms got together way back in March this year, their big union widely reported in these very pages, along with those of the Australian Financial Review.
The good ol’ days
No doubt some of the cronies down at the ACT Law Society would have secretly relished a recent technical glitch, which left the guild without email access for over a week.
What a wonderful opportunity to brush up on one’s smoke signalling or pigeon carrier technique.
But alas, no. With its wits obviously compromised by the emergency at hand, the Society opted for less romantic options such as telephone, fax and even SMS.
Readers can be rest assured that the problems have now been rectified.