Book recommendation: The Man Who Left by Theresa Weir

THE MAN WHO LEFT is a memoir about the importance of fathers. It’s about the men who leave, and the men who stay. It’s a familiar story. Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back. Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite. Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact by Theresa’s father. When Theresa married into a successful farm family, her father resurfaced, but she couldn’t help but be suspicious of his awkward visits. Years later, when the aging socialite dies and Theresa’s father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, people expect Theresa to move to Florida to care for him. A daughter’s duty. This is Theresa’s personal story of a strained and painful father/daughter relationship. What does a daughter owe the father who abandoned her?

Available from Amazon.

April 24, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: Judicial Whispers (Caper Court) by Caro Fraser

For Leo Davies, a charming, brilliant barrister at one of London’s most prestigious chambers, life is good. It is only when he applies to take silk and become a QC that whispers begin of his scandalous sexual past. Leo, a man who has always meticulously divided his personal and professional lives, is unnerved to discover just how much his colleagues seem to know. Could attaching himself to a suitable woman be the solution to his problems? When fellow barrister Anthony Cross falls in love with beautiful solicitor Rachel Dean, Leo realises he may have to callously hurt them both to save his career. But Rachel has a dark and frightening secret of her own, and Leo’s relationship with Anthony is more complicated than ever …

Available from Amazon.

April 22, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Getting ahead at the Bar

Unfortunately for TheCreep it seems that the mini-pupils have already sussed him out since a quick tour of the walls of the Temple will reveal that his posters have all been slightly defaced with the first ‘a’ in the word ‘ahead’ being deleted.

So rather than his earnest sounding lecture entitled ‘TheCreep’s guide to getting ahead at the Bar’, it now reads more like some sort of sex manual for wiglets. TheCreep has realised his folly but it’s too late and for every poster he takes down, ten more appear in its place.

People are also drawing in a wall over the bottom half of the poster and then adding a piece of TheCreep’s anatomy hanging over the wall in the style of the chad drawings you’d draw as kids. Then there’s a variety of slogans being added from the obvious ‘Wot no head?’ to ‘Wot no work?’ and ‘Wot no audience?’ to perhaps the most cruel of ‘Wot no friends?’

All that was left was for TheVamp to add when she saw TheCreep come into tea this afternoon,
‘I see you’re now doing a course on oral abilities, MrCweepyWeepy. Probably the most important skill you need as a barrister, wouldn’t you agree?’

April 21, 2015 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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Weekend video: Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? Episode 03: “FREE TO CHOOSE”

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Book recommendation: Crucial Evidence by Margaret Barnes

Lenny Barker is pleading not guilty to the brutal murder of prostitute Shelley Paulson, while his defence barrister Cassie Hardman is left in no doubt of his guilt – that is until she learns of compelling new evidence in the high profile case to which only she is privy. Risking her future career and her ambition to become a QC, Cassie Hardman seeks a fair trial for the accused Barker, and will stop at nothing to locate the missing witness who may hold the key to his acquittal. Will she find the man in question before the jury retires to consider their verdict at the Old Bailey? And if Barker is acquitted of the gruesome crime who was really responsible?

Available from Amazon.

April 15, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Beyond redemption

At chambers tea today BusyBody asked OldSmoothie, ‘Why are you always so rude to UpTights?’

‘Because she’s a calcified witch,’ said he replied without even blinking. ‘Her heart’s turned to stone and whatever soul she had wasn’t able to survive in the bitterness and bile that pumps through her veins.’

‘But you’ve got to admit that you simply enjoy being nasty,’ said TheCreep.

‘Oh do give it up, won’t you,’ said OldSmoothie. ‘You young ones are all the same. So full of wide-eyed hypocrisy that you don’t even realise that you fell off the cliff years ago and there’s no going back now. You can carp all you like but as sure the sun goes up and, in UpTights’ case, down one day in, er…’ he coughed, ‘…twenty years time, you’ll wake up and realise that you’ve turned into us, whether you like it or not.’

Then he looked at TheCreep and gave a cruel smile and pointed at him and said, ‘Although, that’s not to say you’re going to suddenly start growing, in case you’re wondering.’

By now he had an audience and he continued the lecture, ‘You’ve already set your trajectory. You just don’t realise it yet. You won’t until it’s far too late. Just like they used to warn you about the wind changing when you were a child. I mean whatever might be in those oh so earnest little hearts of yours you’re never going to be some sort of UN Goodwill Ambassador or win a Nobel Prize. You’re never going to climb Mount Everest or even simply live by the sea, get a dog and write a novel. So wake up kids and smell the stink of your lost dreams which left town when you signed up for law school and boarded the cop out I-want-to-be-rich train of hypocrisy.’

There was silence.

Immediately after chambers tea I was walking back to our room with OldRuin and he said, ‘Don’t you believe a word of what OldSmoothie says, BabyB. There’s always hope. Right up to the end and never let him tarnish those dreams with that terrible jaded cynicism that reflects only on him.’

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

April 14, 2015 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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Remember the Legal Matters when starting a New Business

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They say patience is a virtue, and this can be particularly true to those who are hoping to set up their own new businesses. There have been a great many good ideas that started out with the best of intentions, of course, but a number of them will have failed because the main parties were too hasty to get things up and running.

There are an awful lot of men and women who feel they have the get up and go that is needed to be a success in the business world, but a large proportion of them will not even try to get started due to a lack of ambition. They may feel they could be onto a winner, but taking a gamble at certain times in life will always be a no-no.

Needless to say, having the bravery to make a start is never going to be a guarantee of success, either. Hard work and dedication will also be needed, along with a keen eye for detail and perhaps even a healthy slice of luck. The one thing you can be sure of, however, is that without good legal advice the whole edifice could tumble.

Any would-be entrepreneur who is hoping to rent a shop in London, to use an example, should be aware that finding the right retail premises in the capital is only part of the story. Even before a search for the location begins, the right legal advice should have been sought and, where relevant, acted upon from the very start.

Choose your location and your customer base carefully

There are so many different types of shop in London, from homely corner mini markets which feature a dizzying range of consumer goods to high end fashion emporiums in swanky West End streets. Which you tend to choose to rent will of course depend on the products that you are hoping to supply to the general public.

With such a diverse city right on our doorsteps, you can be sure that a wide range of consumers will be passing the front door at various times of the day. Reaching out to these would-be end users will depend on the quality of your marketing, although you won’t even get started if you don’t have the relevant legal aspects covered.

The first day of a new retail business is one of those life-defining moments for many people, and it is one that should be enjoyed after all the hard work of putting the right jigsaw pieces into the puzzle. If you make sure the legal issues are among those pieces, you have every right to expect the venture to get off on the right foot.

April 13, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

April 13, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Thomas Piketty visits HLS to debate his book ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’

April 11, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Addressing the Chair

UpTights has recently set up a marketing committee for chambers and I attended its inaugural meeting yesterday evening. She opened by saying, ‘Now, before we get started I’d like to clarify exactly how I wish to be addressed.’

‘What, like an envelope?’ asked OldSmoothie.

UpTights ignored the remark and continued, ‘I don’t think the name ‘chairman’ would be entirely appropriate.’

‘How about simply ‘The Chair’?’ asked BudyBody.

‘I’m not a piece of furniture,’ said UpTights indignantly.

‘And she doesn’t have four legs either,’ added TheBusker with a smile.

OldSmoothie drew breath as if to add to that comment but then in an unusual show of restraint said, ‘No, I won’t say it. Such an innuendo would be beneath me.’

‘I doubt that that would be possible,’ retorted UpTights. ‘Anyway, I would like to be addressed as ‘Madam Chairwoman’.’

‘For the avoidance of any doubt, naturally,’ said OldSmoothie.

Ever the peacemaker, OldRuin then added, ‘You know, whenever I’m challenged by my use of words like he, him or man, I tell them that they should be construed in the same way as those under section 6(a) of The Interpretation Act 1978 in which words importing the masculine gender include the feminine.’

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

April 7, 2015 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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