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Comic legal eagle set to address Highland business showcase

By Calum MacLeod

Clive Coleman
Clive Coleman

ACCLAIMED comedy writer and legal expert Clive Coleman will address 350 of the Highlands’ business leaders at a flagship event.

Mr Coleman, the BBC’s legal correspondent who also doubles as a leading comedy writer will be guest speaker at the prestigious Highland Business Dinner on May 22 in the Drumossie Hotel.

A former barrister and principal lecturer in law, his recent writing credits include the hit play Young Marx, starring Rory Kinnear as the founder of Communism, and his film The Duke, about the 1961 theft of Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery, is due for release in late 2020 and stars Dame Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.

He also created Radio 4 and BBC1 sit-com Chambers, starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire as barristers, and has also written for Dead Ringers, Spitting Image, Alias Smith and Jones and drama series The Bill, on which he also acted as a legal consultant. In 1992, he won the prestigious BBC Radio Light Entertainment Contract Writers Award and in 1998, he was presented with the BBC’s inaugural Frank Muir Award, for outstanding comedy writing.

As BBC legal correspondent since 2010, Mr Coleman has worked on major legal stories across television news and radio, appearing regularly on the Today programme, Five Live and BBC news bulletins.

From 2004 to 2010, he presented the BBC’s flagship legal analysis programme Law in Action on Radio 4, a role for which he won the Bar Council’s Legal Broadcasting Award, and has presented many other television and radio programmes for the BBC including Panorama, Profile, Pick of the Week and The Cases That Changed Our World.

He has also been a columnist on The Times and written for The Guardian and The Independent. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law and is an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple.

Paula Nicol, Inverness Chamber’s deputy chief executive and head of events, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming Clive as the guest speaker at this year's Highland Business Dinner.

"As one of the UK's top comedy writers, Clive's combination of analytical, broadcasting and writing skills have cemented his reputation as a renowned after dinner speaker where the focus is always sharp, intelligent and witty."

Mr Coleman continues a long line of high-profile speakers at the Highland Business Dinner, with recent special guests including Jon Snow, James Naughtie, Andrew Neil, John Simpson, Hazel Irvine and Cathy Newman.

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