DIARY: Palomba swaps quills for Rio carnival thrills

Lawyers, how do they live with themselves? Sitting around all day in ridiculous 18th-century wigs and gowns, firing off quill-written threatening letters to people with overhanging fruit trees and charging hundreds of pounds for it.

The IPA's very own legal supremo Marina Palomba found a way to wind down by swapping her legal garb for rather more exotic clothing and dancing the samba at the Rio de Janeiro carnival. While Palomba may look like she's one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens, the costume was in fact inspired by warrior tradition.

Palomba takes her samba seriously, you see, and danced as part of the Salgueiro samba school.

According to Palomba, the several thousand-strong carnival performers spent an estimated £40 million on their costumes (but then she is a lawyer, so for all we know the figure could have been closer to a hundred quid).

Jonathan Mildenhall was also reported to be enjoying himself. In fact, he was said to enjoy Rio so much that Palomba is spreading the rumour he's trying to organise an IPA training course there.

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