Daily Telegraph: Brief encounters: 01/02/2007

Last Updated: 2:19am GMT 01/02/2007

• There is a convention that High Court judges, most of whom were Queen's Counsel before their appointment, do not use the suffix "QC" while sitting or after retirement. It is said that the letters patent of a High Court judge supersede those of a QC. The rule does not apply to Circuit judges, but then not all of them were Silks before appointment.

The former Mr Justice Laddie caused a stir in 2005 by resigning from the Bench because he was, in effect, bored. Now, the Society for Computers and Law has invited me to a lecture to be given by Sir Hugh Laddie, QC.

His secretary there tells me that his full title is "Professor Sir Hugh Laddie QC". Can this be right?