Day 249, week 50: BarristerBay

I mentioned the barrister TidySum a few months ago.  He has a nice little earner basically bringing in loads of papers and then getting them done by baby barristers for a small “devilling fee”  Well, in the last few weeks, pupils have been falling down like flies as they one by one either get taken on or kicked out of chambers.  This means that there’s more demand than ever for the work he provides and he’s decided to capitalise on this by taking his nice little earner to a whole new level.  He’s basically set up a website called BarristerBay on which sells his cases to the most attractive bidder.  However, he’s had to get around the rule which forbids barristers from buying cases.  This has meant that rather than charging a straight fee, he has instead set up a reverse online auction ebay style in which he sells ten cases at a time to the person willing to charge him the least money for the work due.  Worrier apparently won ten Particulars of Claim by offering to do them for £150 last week.  TidySum should himself be able to bill about ten times that.

There is even talk apparently of him extending this for some of his bigger cases to QCs who have failed to make the grade and are unable to un-QC themselves back to the safety of the junior bar.

September 21, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 4 Comments
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4 Responses

  1. FS - September 21, 2007

    Does Tidysum drive a yellow Reliant Robin ?

  2. Zoe Robinson - September 21, 2007

    Should I be worried that while this is indeed somewhat exploitative, it also sounds like a good idea? It’s certainly a novel way of building up experience.

  3. JOHN - September 24, 2007

    Hands up those who googled barristerbay!

  4. Sarah - September 25, 2007

    Seems like a good idea!