Year 2, week 2: blind leading the blind

Got a visit from OldSmoothie this morning.  It seems he’s doing BigMouth’s case on a no-win no-fee as a favour for his friend.  TheVamp is now on the same deal though like me she’ll be keen to do it for the experience of being on such a high profile case. 

“The problem is BabyB,” he explained to me with his charmometer switched to full, “he’s got me to present the case and a junior who will no doubt prove a hit with both judge and jury but neither of us know anything about running a libel action.”

Which makes three of us, I thought to myself.

“Thing is,” he continued, “he’ll struggle to get some real libel barristers on a no-win no-fee as these cases are just too risky.”

“But aren’t there professional problems about doing something outside your area?” I enquired, reinforcing my own newly-found position of great authority on the intricacies of this area of law.

“Oh, it’s never stopped me, BabyB.  One of the joys of the bar is that you can wake up one morning knowing nothing about a subject and then by the next day be putting yourself out as an expert in it.  However, it’s always useful to have a junior who can provide a little guidance from time to time.”

So, the good news is that I’m on the case.  The bad news is that I will probably be up all night drafting a note on some of the legal issues which may arise.  Particularly given that I’m starting from scratch.

October 10, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 6 Comments
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6 Responses

  1. FS - October 10, 2007

    I think they sell those charmometers at Argos

  2. fran - October 11, 2007

    Hoist, petard, Moi?

  3. Sarah - October 11, 2007

    Love the idea of a “charmometer “

  4. TryingToBe - October 11, 2007

    Libel law isn’t that difficult. Convincing a judge that something is capable of being libelous and convincing a jury that it was, is another matter…

  5. Edward - October 11, 2007

    ooo think sarah has a thing for babyb – look out both of you.

  6. Root - October 12, 2007

    There is no longer any libel *law*. The courts pretty much make it up as they go along now. And libel defendants get pretty much a free ride these days. The whole thing is a crap shoot. The Lords / CA have invented at least three new defences in the last 2 years alone.