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Lawyer Ends 119 Day Longest Ever Speech In British Legal History

And finally my Lord, are you still awake?

Nicholas Stadlen QC, lead counsel for the Bank of England, has just finished his 119 day opening defence speech, the longest in British legal history.

He is defending the Bank of England in a £850m compensation claim brought by investors in now bankrupt BCCI (a bank).

He smashed the record which previously stood at 80 days.

The previous record was set by Gordon Pollock QC, the prosecutor in the same case, last year.

Mr Stadlen's defence documents run to 125 lever arch files which are all in court with him. It has been called the Berlin Wall as it stops the defence and prosecution seeing each other.

Rewritten from original source: Ananova, Guardian Newspapers 25 May 2005

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