Weekend video: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Q&A

February 28, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: The Law Machine by Marcel Berlins

Marcel Berlins, a former practising lawyer, has written several books and presented a number of television series, including The Law Machine. He presents ‘Law in Action’ on BBC Radio 4 and writes a weekly legal column in the Guardian. Clare Dyer, asolicitor, is legal correspondent of the Guardian and the British Medical Journal.

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February 25, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Simples

‘Nothing’s ever simple any longer.’ It was OldSmoothie lamenting once again. ‘The bigger picture’s been lost forever and we’re all just buried in details and small print.’

‘And whose fault do you think that is?’ asked BusyBody.

‘Of course, it’s got nothing to do with lawyers,’ added UpTights.

‘Clever commercial lawyers who draft terms and conditions which allow companies to do over the little man, maybe,’ he replied. ‘But certainly not us good old-fashioned common lawyers.’

‘Oh, listen to the champion of the little man,’ smiled TheVamp.

‘I like to think I have my moments,’ said OldSmoothie.

‘And of course you’d never take a technical pleading point or kick a case out that had missed limitation?’ said BusyBody.

‘That’s completely different. That’s just our job,’ OldSmoothie replied. ‘We do what we’re instructed to do.’

‘If anything, surely we should be celebrating the modern world’s obsession with detail?’ said TheBusker. ‘I mean, if it wasn’t for solicitors instructing us to take technical points we’d all be out of work.’

Which silenced OldSmoothie for the rest of tea.

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.

February 24, 2015 · 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 23, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Why you will fail to have a great career – Larry Smith

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Book recommendation: Ford County by John Grisham

Gripping short stories from the No.1 bestselling author of the legal thriller. Worldwide No.1 bestseller John Grisham takes you into the heart of America’s Deep South with a collection of stories connected by the life and crimes of Ford County: a place of harsh beauty where broken dreams and final wishes converge. From a hard-drinking, downtrodden divorce lawyer looking for pay-dirt, to a manipulative death row inmate with one last plea, Ford County features a vivid cast of attorneys, crooks, hustlers, and convicts. Through their stories he paints a unique picture of lives lived and lost in Mississippi. Completely gripping, frequently moving and always entertaining, Ford County brims with the same page-turning quality and heart-stopping drama of his previous bestsellers, and is proof once more why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

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February 18, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Late payment

‘I received a cheque today for a case I did over twenty-five years ago.’ It was OldRuin and he was smiling as he told the story at chambers tea. ‘It was accompanied by this note from the senior partner of the firm of solicitors who sent it:

“Dear OldRuin,
I realise that even by the tardy standards of my own side of the profession, twenty-five years is a little excessive but I thought you might in any event appreciate the fact that we do at least always stand by our word and pay our bills. While I realise that the sum of £35.48 is hardly going to go very far in today’s money, I thought that the addition of a magnum of champagne to accompany it might at least cover the lost interest you might otherwise have been earning.”‘

OldRuin then pointed to the trolley which normally carried the tea and said,
‘I thought you all might like to join me in celebrating my latest windfall.’

‘What are you going to do with the cheque?’ asked TheVamp.

‘I will put it inside the frame which sits in my downstairs lavatory at home with the title “Chamber of horrors”. It will replace the cheque which is currently in there and which was paid only sixteen years late.’

With which he proceeded to fill the glasses and pass them around before TheBusker proposed a toast:

‘May solicitors keep us in work for many years to come by being as bad with their other deadlines as they are at paying our bills.’

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.

February 17, 2015 · Tim Kevan · No Comments
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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.

February 16, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

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Book recommendation: Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by Nicholas J McBride

Letters to a Law Student is the definitive guide to studying law at university. It is filled with advice to turn the potentially daunting task of studying law into an enjoyable and stimulating experience. Reading Letters to a Law Student will also help anyone considering studying law at university decide whether reading for a law degree is the right option for them. Written in a lively and entertaining style, this book offers clear and helpful answers to your questions about studying law at every stage of taking, or thinking about taking a law degree, from: “should I study law at university?”, and “what do law students do?”; to “how can I get the best marks in exams?”, and “what can I do with a law degree?” – along with many more. The Letters to a Law Student Companion Website provides additional support in finding out more about the study of law, using the Internet in your studies, and exploring the types of careers available in law. Letters to a Law Student is essential reading for anyone who is doing, or thinking about doing, a law degree at university.

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February 11, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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