Who’s who in BabyBarista

Cartoon by Alex Williams of Two Barristers Photograph: Alex Williams

For those of you who are new to this blog, here is a run-down of the main characters who crop up from time to time.


BabyBarista. A young Flashman meets Rumpole meets Francis Urquart for the 21st century

TopFirst. BabyB’s sworn enemy and former fellow pupil

OldSmoothie. Think Peter Bowles in To The Manor Born and Milk Tray Man, but not quite.

UpTights. BabyB’s ex-pupilmistress. Insists on boundaries and personal space. Has ‘issues’.

OldRuin. How a barrister should be. Dumbledore meets Clarence, the angel in Its a Wonderful Life. BabyB’s redemption.

Claire. BabyB’s best friend and a barrister in another chambers. Think Scully from X-Files.

TheCreep. A jumped up little twerp who sucks up to the big beasts in chambers

BusyBody. Barrister always up for a fight, particularly with OldSmoothie

TheBusker. Very laid back Alan Shore-type barrister

TheVamp. Barrister in chambers and a walking Carry On film of an innuendo

HeadofChambers. Well-meaning, pompous and completely out of touch.

TheBoss. BabyB’s ex-pupilmaster. Unscrupulous, spineless coward.

Barristers’ clerks
HeadClerk. The real power in chambers. All seeing, all knowing.

FanciesHimself. Junior clerk who had a fling with BusyBody.


SlipperySlope. Solicitor who introduces BabyB to the dark arts of litigation and has a habit of mis-quoting from films

Smutton. Brassy to UpTights’s classy and yet still, somehow, sexy.

NurserySlope Solicitor who is Slippery’s niece and apprentice

ClichéClanger. Solicitor with a colourful use of the English language


TopFlirt. TopFirst’s beautiful, bright fiancée.

BigMouth. Pompous Tory MP stuck on the backbenches like a piece of old chewing gum

BrainWasher. Hypnotist, mentalist, you name it…

ScandalMonger. Ruthless PR guru who is one of BabyB’s secret weapons

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

September 15, 2010 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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