Year 2, week 21: Blagger

What is it about barristers and dinners? There they are trying to get away from the fat cat image whilst at the same time perpetuating it with the requirement that in order to be a barrister you have to eat twelve dinners in one of their ancient halls. Now, for what it’s worth I happened to enjoy them although I do have to admit that they all kind of merge into a drunken haze a couple of years on.The only reason I mention it now is that this evening I am meeting up with a friend of mine who has taken all this eating of dinners to a new level. I’ll call him Blagger. He never did law and simply came as my guest to one of the big dinners at which he started joking that if he did a few more of these he could practise as a barrister.  In the end, I think he came to about five dinners. Anyway, since then the joke has started to get out of hand after one of his other friends challenged him as part of a bet to actually get himself a real client and to represent them pretending to be a barrister at court.

Well, it seems that somehow or other he has convinced a solicitor local to him that he is a barrister practising from a one man chambers (ie out of his house) and tomorrow has his first case in court. He wants to meet up with me for two reasons: to borrow my wig and gown and to get a little bit of advice on the case itself.

I just feel sorry for the innocent clients, whoever they may be.

February 19, 2008 · Tim Kevan · 6 Comments
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6 Responses

  1. Old Sweat - February 19, 2008

    Some cynics might view “Innocent Clients” as the biggest legal oxymoron since “Magistrates Court Justice”.

  2. gta - February 19, 2008

    oh, shoot…

  3. BonarLaw - February 19, 2008

    Is he taking a CPS brief? They don’t require proper lawyers these days…

  4. Martin - February 20, 2008

    I’d feel more sorry for him if he’s caught. Practicing law without a license was a criminal offense last time I checked, just like practicing medicine sans license is…

  5. Matthew - February 20, 2008

    Of course impersonating a barrister is a criminal offence, and so it may be worth adding the disclaimer not to try this at home (or at Court).

  6. Barrister2b - February 20, 2008

    This is one of the best prop bets I have ever heard, better than the guy who dived into a shark display at a casino for $5000.