Archive for July, 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 […]

July 31, 2007 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Day 209, week 42: guinea pigs

I’ve mentioned meeting OldFatherTime in the past.  Old law lord who I’m not quite sure isn’t a highlander who’s been around for several hundred years.  Well, saw him today walking past chambers.  “Hello!”  I piped up merrily.  “How’s the walking stick?” Doh!  Still pops into my head rather than some serious legal chit chat. “Oh.  […]

July 26, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Day 208, week 42: bovvered

Today, I had the joy of being against TheCreep himself.  I know I should have been on best behaviour as he does have a vote on the tenancy at the end of the day.  However, it’s abundantly clear to all of us that he is held in such little respect that a bad word from […]

July 25, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 9 Comments
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Day 203, week 42: yo, dude!

It might be the pressure but TopFirst is starting to turn into a parody, even of himself.  The class nerd who’s become so full of his own self-importance that he’s started to believe that he’s cool.  There have been a number of affectations over the months but his new catchphrase does him no favours whatsoever.  […]

July 18, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Day 202, week 42: foiled

Ha!  I have to admit to taking some pleasure in hearing that UpTights and TheVamp lost today.  Both of them arrived at court done up to the nines only to find that the particular judge in question stood them up by calling in sick.  This meant that the case was transferred to a different judge […]

July 17, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Day 201, week 42: re-vamp

Tomorrow UpTights has a big trial which up until now I’ve been helping her prepare.  Worth a couple of million if she loses and pretty much nothing if she wins.  Tragic case of a middle aged lady who has ended up in a wheelchair due to a degenerative condition the onset of which she blames […]

July 16, 2007 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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Day 199, week 41: congratulations

Phoned my solicitor today about yesterday’s case.  Started explaining that the trains were late and that I originally went in front of the wrong judge, when he interrupted me and said, “Let me stop you there BabyBarista.  I received an email this morning from the other side giving me the full details of the order.” […]

July 12, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Day 198, week 41: lucky escape

I had an application today in Bow County Court.  Unfortunately, I was slightly late and as I arrived to sign in, the usher pointed down the corridor and directed me to the room.  Went in front of the judge and was relieved to see that the application was unopposed.  I started explaining what the case […]

July 11, 2007 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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Day 197, week 41: interview tips

I see that The Times has just published a guide to doing an interview for prospective pupils and trainees (see  It all looks pretty useful stuff but perhaps it doesn’t go far enough in the tactics which can be deployed.  Remember, it’s a bunch of lawyers which will be interviewing you.  They’re as cynical […]

July 10, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 11 Comments
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Day 194, week 40: priceless

My client was a young man of twenty today.  Quite likely and a bit of a know-all but nice enough as they go.  His evidence was chugging along quite smoothly until the judge noticed that he was chewing gum in the witness box.  He looked furious. “Young man, there are many things that one has […]

July 5, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 6 Comments
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