THEY can be very intelligent, good at football, one may even be a god - lawyers get a big pat on the back from the only book in Hong Kong to rate their qualities. But not all may feel a warm glow. The newly published Who's Who of the Law '98 says one solicitor with a major partnership 'deserves credit just for hanging on in there' while another is 'very good at bluffing'. A third is 'a good scrapper'. Judges get rated too, alphabetically from Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson ('quick to identify the issues') to Mr Justice Wally Yeung Chun-kuen ('quite versatile'). All recommended solicitors and some judges get a full page of personal information and a photo. It reveals Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore is a flautist while Mr Justice Brian Keith is a philatelist. The ratings were generated from a database of about 1,000 opinions from solicitors and barristers, Emma Sangster, one of the editors at Hughes-Castell (HK) said. Some of the comments are eccentric. John McLellan, a partner at Haldanes, gets the label 'recommended for entertainment work - bloody good at football'. Michael Olesnicky, partner in Baker and McKenzie, gets the label 'tax god', as well as being described as 'probably the only lawyer to drive his own Rolls-Royce'. 'I must go out and get a copy,' said a surprised Mr Olesnicky last week, who added that the entry was incorrect as he had shipped his Rolls-Royce to Australia. Bar Council chairman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee SC ('work is excellent - advocacy is very good') said the tough rules on barristers advertising meant they could not provide information. She thought views of the book would vary. 'If it's nice, that's one thing. If it's defamatory, that's another.'