Year 3, week 26: LeadingCounsel

Much chatter in the clerks room this morning due to the fact that TheBusker brought his dog into chambers. Given that the dog was actually dragging him along on the lead, HeadClerk was immediately in with: “Ah, your famous dog and leading counsel, I see.”
“Wouldn’t have been allowed in my day”, said HeadofChambers.
“Oh, I don’t know,” replied TheBusker. “I’m sure most barristers had a gun dog of one form or another back in the nineteenth century.”
HeadofChambers didn’t rise to the gentle banter but in the meantime UpTights looked like she was about to jump out of her stretched skin. “If that mutt comes anywhere near my room I will put down poison,” she yapped.
“Shouldn’t be too hard for you,” piped up OldSmoothie. “I mean, take your pick. You want the spiteful venom which comes from your mouth or just the plain simple botulism you inject. Come to think of it, maybe there’s a connection.”
“Shut up OldSmoothie. It’s a health and safety issue. They bring in all sorts of things.”
“What, like fleas and ticks?” said TheBusker.
“Exactly. Bloodsucking parasites the lot of them.”
As the words left her mouth, everyone looked at her and smiled. Finally it was TheBusker who delivered the punchline: “I would have thought they’d get on rather well with a bunch of lawyers in that case, wouldn’t you say UpTights?”

March 26, 2009 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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  1. Linda Goldman - March 26, 2009

    This is a defining moment in the world of dogs and the law. BabyB’s exquisitely crafted parasitic metaphor is a perfect reflection on our noble profession which dogs ill deserve.