The end is nigh

“It’ll the end of the world as we know it,” said TheCreep today.

“I think that was earlier in the week, CreepyWeepy,” said TheVamp, “and we all seem to have survived.”

“It’s this Jackson reform stuff,” he continued. “I was chatting to a solicitor yesterday and he was saying that if claimants can’t recover the after the event insurance premium from the other side then no case will ever get to court again.”

“Why’s that?” asked BusyBody.

“Because most clients are hardly going to pay it themselves and I don’t see solicitors stepping into the breach. Well, not the one I was talking to anyway. He just said that cases will simply under-settle well before they even get near to a court room.”

“Hardly increasing access to justice,” said BusyBody.

“Or access to barristers, for that matter,” said TheBusker.

“Maybe the bar could start stumping up for the insurance premiums?” said TheCreep.

“Yeh, right,” said TheVamp, “and whilst we’re at it, we may as well cough up for our own fees too.”

“Maybe the end of the world really is nigh,” said TheCreep.

“You joke,” said OldSmoothie, “but if my income stopped tomorrow even for six months, I’d be done for. My cash flow situation looks worse than the worst of the Ponzi schemes.”

“I know what you mean,” said UpTights. “Sometimes I feel I’m only working so hard just to stave off next year’s huge tax bill.”

“But what about your aged-debt?” said BusyBody.

“It’s all very well in theory but if solicitors suddenly experience a drop in work, we all know that the first debts which they’ll fail to pay will be ours.”

“So we’ll just have to hope and pray that once these reforms come in, the world keeps on turning just as it has done for generations of lawyers before you,” said OldRuin with a smile.

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 Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

May 27, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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