Archive for January, 2009

Year 3, week 18: couldn’t possibly comment…

Had a visit from the police today. They have thoroughly searched my computer and wanted to ask me to comment upon the email addressed to me and apparently coming from TopFirst and including the following text: “I promise you this BabyBarista: I will not only bring you down but all your Mad Oldies with you. […]

January 30, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Year 3, week 18: in praise of good counsel

Nice little comment from Ward LJ in Greenland Bank Limited (in liquidation) v American Express Bank Limited yesterday: "This is the kind of litigation that could feed the public’s worst perception of lawyers and the law. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, once described lawyers as: "… a society of men … bred up from […]

January 28, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Year 3, week 18: all of a Twitter

First Wossy was the biggest Twit and then Stephen Fry was all over it. But none of that beats what I discovered this morning: that a certain judge is not only on Twitter but is posting his musings about the case whilst he’s still in court. Here’s just a few:“Very attractive counsel appearing before me […]

January 26, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Year 3, week 17: sub-prime UK

‘It’s like the whole country’s turning into one big toxic debt,’ said OldSmoothie, mouthing off once again in the clerks room. ‘No wonder the pound’s being dumped. It’s not like we produce anything any longer and the only thing we’re good at is racking up debt. I just can’t imagine who’d still want to lend […]

January 23, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Sir John Mortimer dies aged 85

Very sad to hear of the death of Sir John Mortimer, the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey. Along with numerous lawyers around the world, I shall visit my very own Pommeroy’s Wine Bar this evening and raise a glass of the very best Chateau Fleet Street and toast not only a great man but […]

January 16, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Year 3, week 15: virtual assistance

I was against TidySum yesterday in a personal injury case. If you remember, he’s the guy who had about fifty pupils working for him doing devilling work whereby they do his work and get paid 10% of what he bills out. I asked him how it was going. “I’ve moved on from pupils, BabyB. Far […]

January 9, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Britain 1, USA 0

Now I have to admit that I’ve been as sceptical as anyone else about the chances of the American Bar Association allowing a Brit Blog to beat the lot of them at their own game. But hey, it’s time to eat my own words since they’ve had a recount after taking away the "irregular" votes […]

January 7, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 16 Comments
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Official: "irregular voting" in the States!

I have just had forwarded to me an email from the ABA which was addressed to a law student who had contacted them voicing his concerns about the voting in the recent Blawg election. The reply to him came from Molly McDonough, the assistant managing editor and said, among other things: "We’re in the process […]

January 7, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Year 3, week 15: family values

After my post last week about the profiteering of family lawyers, it seems it doesn’t even get close to some of the worst excesses of that particular area of law. I’ve since been told about one firm of solicitors who refer all their clients to a particular “well-respected” marriage guidance counsellor and then pay two […]

January 6, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Year 3, week 14: almost…

Well, I stumbled in a little the worse for wear at around 2.30am last night and discovered that with only a few hours of voting left this blog was leading the American Bar Association’s competition for best legal blog by around 300 votes. Then I watched open-mouthed as one of the other blogs suddenly jumped […]

January 3, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 29 Comments
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