Piffling

BabyB LPlate improvedMy opponent was much more senior than me today and it was clear from the off that he didn’t get on with the judge. I’m not sure whether it was his patronising manner or the judge’s irritation which came first but either way it caused such tension that the judge eventually reacted with the following: “It must be a great come down to have to come and argue with the baby bar out here in Medway on such a piffling little case as this one?”

After that the case, for me, was lost. Completely and utterly. My opponent was on the comment in a flash. “Your Honour, this may be a piffling little case as far as you’re concerned but for my client it is the most important thing in his life at present and I would ask that despite your clear prejudice that you give this case the fair hearing it deserves.”

Then ever other sentence rubbed in the words ‘piffling little case’ to the extent that by the end of the hearing the judge was clearly concerned about the prospect of appeal should he find against my opponent.

Which, surprise, surprise, he didn’t.

February 2, 2016 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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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.

February 1, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Writers on Writing: Ian McEwan on Finding Confidence

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Book recommendation: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them… A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.

Available from Amazon.

January 27, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Get out of jail free card

Yesterday I had my third case in as many weeks in which a Defendant successfully claimed that he’d had a blackout at the wheel. Automatism they call it. ‘Simply not my fault, mate.’ More like a get out of jail free card if you ask me. That’s certainly how it felt today when a seriously injured claimant failed to get anything due to this technicality. Worse, the robing room chat with a few other barristers afterwards was that they’ve also seen a lot of these cases. Always the same expert and the same insurance company behind it. One barrister even went so far as to suggest that he’d represented that insurance company and discovered that there’s a new claims handler been brought in from (of all places) FakeClaims&Co to shake things up with the promise of a big bonus if he significantly reduces payouts.

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

January 26, 2016 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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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.

January 25, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing

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Book recommendation: Rumpole on Trial by Sir John Mortimer

The most beloved barrister ever to sway a jury–or savor a claret–is back on the case, in an engaging new collection of stories. With his passion for Wordsworth, his kindly disposition toward the underdog, and a nose equally sensitive to wrongdoing and fine wine, the disheveled Horace Rumpole has become “one of the immortals of mystery fiction” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Available from Amazon.

January 20, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Tontine

“Have you ever heard of a tontine, BabyB?” It was OldRuin and I admitted that I hadn’t. “Quite simple, really. An agreement whereby a group of people hold assets together and as each one dies those left behind get what remains. Generally to do with annuities, you know.”
“Oh, I see,” I replied, not really seeing.
“Well, the reason I ask is that I was party to a tontine with three friends from university. We had no money back in those days and very rarely thought a great deal about the future. But despite that, when it came to our final term we used up all our savings to buy four bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothchild 1945. Said to be possibly the greatest vintage of the last century, you know.’ He paused before continuing. “One we drank on graduation and another after a tragically early death of one of our merry band in a skiing accident. The third was opened a couple of years ago after another passed away – a high court judge no less. Today, I have the unenviable task of opening the final bottle.”
“I’m sorry to hear that OldRuin. Very sorry indeed.”
He looked older than ever, as if he was surveying not just his own life but the whole span of his three companions’ lives as well. Their ups and downs, loves and losses. “Very kind of you to say BabyB. Really never thought it would be me. I was never the sporty healthy type you see. But you never can tell.” He paused again, wistfully, before turning to me and bringing forth a smile of happiness which looked as if it had suddenly appeared from his youth. “The whole point of the tontine, BabyB was to be able to share it with people for whom you care and I wondered if you and Claire would like to share this bottle with me today?”

Which is just what we will be doing later.

January 19, 2016 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
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.

January 18, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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