SENIOR partner Michael Brooks of Frimley solicitors Brooks and Partners finds himself on the wrong end of a red card from his secretary and personal assistant Vickie Brooks, who recently qualified as one of a handful of women football referees in the area.

Vickie (42) has been a keen footballer since she was a girl and she is secretary of Crookham Rovers. She has already officiated at a dozen youth games and ran the line at the under-13s cup final recently at Alton.

Brooks & Partners has a footballing tradition with Simon Brooks, head of the residential conveyancing department, a founder member of "Dynamo Haslemere" (sponsored by Brooks). Brooks also runs its own six-a-side team and is looking for matches with other local firms.

"Says Michael Brooks: "This doesn't necessarily mean we will provide our own referee!"