Taking Stock – Baker Tilly judge swears like fcuk.

Baker Tilly may not think that having to go to court over its dealings with a certain Jonathan Aitken has been a barrel of laughs, but last weekend revealed that the presiding judge over the affair, Mr Justice Rattee, has a sense of humour after all. As part of a court case in which French Connection tried to prevent its brand name, fcuk, from being used by an Internet website, he put aside precedent by using a four-letter word expletive in court to explain his dislike of the trademark. And when the defending QC said that times and morals had changed and described backbenchers as an ‘uptight bunch of old farts’, he had a quip all lined up. ‘I have been described in the same way frequently,’ replied the judge and refused the fashion chain’s demands.

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