Archive for April, 2009

Year 3, week 31: pupillages for sale

There’s a rumour going around the Temple that a less well-known set of chambers is currently selling pupillages en masse for those people who have so far failed to obtain one elsewhere.  Apparently they’ve set up a sham whereby pupils will technically be paid the minimum amount allowable but will also be charged for ‘extra’ […]

April 29, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 19 Comments
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Year 3, week 31: crime doesn’t pay

Chambers has just taken on a new clerk which has raised a few of the more traditional eyebrows in chambers.  You see, not only does she have both a law degree and a PhD from Oxford but she also has also been called to the Bar. “I was headed straight for the criminal bar and […]

April 27, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Year 3, week 30: diners’ club

I was out on Monday night with TheBusker and we bumped into four young ladies who I can only describe as enterprising. “We’ve just earned £1,000 in an evening,” one of them chuckled as she poured themselves another glass of the wine bar’s finest champagne.“And how did you manage that?” asked TheBusker.“Oh, we get it […]

April 22, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Year 3, week 30: professional misconduct guidelines

There was a big discussion going on in the pub on Friday evening about the new sentencing guidelines for professional misconduct that have been issued by the Bar Standards Board (here).“Never needed guidelines before you know. Not when we regulated ourselves.” It was HeadofChambers.“Just kind of looked after your own you mean?” snorted BusyBody.“I wouldn’t […]

April 20, 2009 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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Year 3, week 29: credit crunch

“You know UpTights, every time I hear mention of toxic debts, depression and sub-prime, for some bizarre reason it makes me think of you.” It was OldSmoothie in the clerks room this morning.“Well you’ve certainly experienced your own form of quantitative easing in the last year or two yourself OldSmoothie,” said BusyBody standing up for […]

April 15, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Year 3, week 28: middle-aged crumpet

OldSmoothie finally discovered last week that BusyBody has been leaving reactionary comments in his name all over the internet. According to a google search of his name it’s pretty clear that there have now been well over five hundred such comments and each one of them seems to have started some row or other on […]

April 9, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Year 3, week 28: stitch-up

Well, I turned up at the hearing today along with SlipperySlope and found myself facing UpTights and TopFirst and then poor old Worrier cowering in the background and looking at me almost apologetically. “Where’s OldSmoothie,” said UpTights, clearly thrown by his not being there to support me since we’d given them notice of taking him […]

April 8, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Year 3, week 28: Octopussy

TheVamp was in chambers today looking tanned after yet another ski holiday. “How many times has she been away this year,” asked OldSmoothie at chambers tea.“Compared to the number of ‘golf’ ahem ‘papers’ days you take, I hardly think you can complain,” smiled HeadofChambers. “And you’ve got to give it to her. She is pretty […]

April 6, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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