Archive for April, 2007

Law and Disorder

If you have enjoyed reading parts of this blog and meeting the characters, you might enjoy reading the book in which I re-wrote BabyBarista’s first year in chambers and his fight for tenancy. It is published by Bloomsbury (of Harry Potter fame) and is called Law and Disorder. It was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine […]

April 30, 2007 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Day 146, week 31: Weasel

Sometimes an opponent can do you over by plain, simple, straightforward dishonesty.  It’s not sneakiness.  Not witty.  Not in any way sophisticated.  It’s a ram raid, smash and grab and run for your life approach that characterises the very few.  Well, I think there are only a few.  Probably because like the ram raiders, it’s […]

April 30, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Day 144, week 30: losing the unlosable

They say that some cases are unlosable and of those that are, infant settlements come pretty near the top.  You rock up at court, tell the judge the case has settled and hand him counsel’s opinion saying that the settlement is reasonable.  Couldn’t be more simple.  Or so you might imagine. Arrived at court and […]

April 26, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 4 Comments
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Day 143, week 30: TheVamp

It seems to be the week for members of Chambers being against each other.  Hard to see how there can’t be a conflict of interest but there you go.  Anyway, today I was against someone who I can only call TheVamp.  She’s been in Chambers for three years and is well established as one of […]

April 25, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 6 Comments
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Day 134, week 29: more tea, vicar?

One of the clerks brought a big box up to UpTights’ room today which left her looking quite animated.  Though it’s completely against her nature, when she started opening it she even started explaining to me what it was.  “Pomegranate tea, BabyB.  Anti-oxidants.  They’re the answer to everything.  Absolutely everything.” I already knew she didn’t […]

April 18, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Day 136, week 28: time wasting

Today I went to Willesden County Court and waited. And waited some more. And some more. Seems they list all their cases at 10am for the whole day and like the sleaziest of airlines count on a fair proportion not turning up. When that doesn’t happen, well, it’s just tough luck. Tough luck, that is, […]

April 12, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 4 Comments
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Day 135, week 28: UpTights' briefs

Papers, papers and yet more papers. I really can’t stand sitting down and rifling through UpTights’ briefs any longer (I hope that you’ll forgive the innuendo when you hear what a boring day I’ve had). If it’s not drafting a schedule, it’s looking up some obscure point. However, most of the time, it’s simply churning […]

April 12, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 7 Comments
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Day 131, week 27: OldHand

Went off to court with my new pupilmistress UpTights this morning. Unlike TheBoss, she hardly ever settles a case at court on the basis that “We’re paid to fight, not settle.” However, it’s almost as if she’s unable to undertake a negotiation, as the way she treats her opponent’s case is as rigid as her […]

April 5, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 19 Comments
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Day 130, week 27: confusion

Had my first small claims hearing today and surprised myself by pulling a victory out of the hat, although I have to admit that it was more by luck than judgment. It was a standard car case and during my cross-examination I became so thoroughly confused with the difference between the nearside and the offside […]

April 4, 2007 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Day 128, week 27: BullDog

I seriously considered calling in sick over the weekend after someone whispered that this one way of getting around the Cab Rank Rule and avoid representing the less enticing of clients. The problem was, no-one would have believed me and the damage I’d have done my tenancy chances was just too much. So I trotted […]

April 2, 2007 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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