Year 3, week 11: brace yourself

I was at court yesterday and my expert witness was giving evidence which actually doesn’t happen that often in most of my small cases. The funny thing about the experts I’ve met so far is that without exception they all seem to have a small eccentricity that they play up almost as if it helps you remember them. One might wear a bow tie. Another might be an ageing hippy with the long-haired laid-back look going on. With today’s orthopod it was braces. Not the teeth kind. Stretchy ones. Stretchy and er, gold. Wide, shiny, gold braces which when he took his jacket off in the witness box even made the judge raise an eyebrow at the barristers in front of him.

Or so I thought. But then my opponent whispered across at me: “Ouch. Clip ons. That’s you done for with this judge.”
“What?” I whispered back.
“I’ve seen this judge take against an expert in the past just because he didn’t have double cuffs. Heaven forbid that he’d have clip on rather than button on braces.”

Sadly for me, he turned out to be right.

December 12, 2008 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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