Year 2, week 24: paranoia

What do you do when you overhear something which you shouldn’t from the other side? That’s the dilemma I have today after having heard UpTights gossiping about my case over lunch in hall. To be fair, she obviously didn’t realise that I was sitting on the table just behind her but despite this her voice is such that I imagine even those sitting half way across the room would probably have picked up some bits of the conversation. All I heard was: “The insurer’s getting a little shaky and is thinking of trying to settle early for say twenty thousand each and tying it up with a big confidentiality clause.” Once I realised that she was talking about the case I’m bringing on behalf of the old people for damage caused by wireless internet, I actually sidled off worried that if I heard any more it might in some way conflict me out of the litigation. But then when I got back to chambers I started mulling it over and thought this can’t possibly conflict me otherwise barristers would be able to get rid of their opponents at the door of court just by talking loudly to their clients. I have to say that I’m not actually sure about this though and the last thing I’d want is to get it wrong when ThirdSix is on the other side.

Which of course makes me also wonder whether UpTights did in fact know I was there and that it is all a trap. How’s that saying go? “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not after you.”

March 13, 2008 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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3 Responses

  1. Uncivil Serpent - March 13, 2008

    Nah, I’m sure you’re fine.

  2. Mike - March 14, 2008

    Do your clients want to settle ?
    If not, then it is irrelevant because you would be rejecting any offer.
    If they are interested in a settlement then :-
    a) You (in conjunction with your clients) will have a figure in mind – regardless of what the other side are going to offer
    b) The figure you ‘may’ have heard quoted will be either higher or lower than your clients target
    c) Until the other side make an offer you dont have an offer.. and even when you discuss a settlement with UpTights she will obviously say that she needs to see what her client thinks
    d) So, it is therefore STILL irrelevant
    BUT
    …beware that UpTights isn’t going to pull those tights over her head and mug you !
    After all, you wouldn’t want her to screw you… again… would you ?

  3. ingm - March 18, 2008

    Having been at the bar for 15 years my hunch is that it was her trying it on, she wants you to ease back thinking it’s going to settle and then go to trial anyway.