Bluffs and double bluffs

SlipperySlope was in chambers today dispensing some of his worldly advice from the other side of the profession. “You know, sometimes you have to issue just to get the insurers to deal.”

“Even on a hopeless case,” said a pupil.

“Particularly on a hopeless case. Rule number one is that the weaker your case the more agressive you need to be.”

“But surely insurers can work out from that when you’ve lost confidence in a case,” said the pupil.

“A very good point young man. Which leads me to rule number two: never follow rule number one.”

“Oh,” said the pupil now looking confused.

“You must always be unpredictable in the game of bluff and double bluff which is litigation,” said Slippery. “Keep them on their toes.”

The pupil was being mired ever deeper and asked, “So if you issue, you’re actually telling the insurer that you know that they know it’s weak case?”

“Exactly. The double bluff,” said Slippery.

“But what if they know that you know that they know?” he persisted.

“Young man, you’ve just turned something which was completely clear into mud,” said Slippery.

The pupil looked worried that he might have offended one of chambers’ solicitors.

“Which is exactly the sort of skill I look for in my barristers. You will, I believe, go far.”

“Oh,” said the pupil.

Slippery lowered his voice. “Though I should warn you that what you were alluding to there was the lesser spotted triple bluff. Something which should be played only very rarely and never mentioned above a whisper.”

“So sometimes you even say what you mean?” whispered the pupil.

“Exactly. Though as I say, it’s not something of which you should be making a habit,” said Slippery.

“Oh get over yourself,” siad UpTights. “We both know that whenever you issue you it’s because you’re worried about losing.”

“I’m delighted to leave you with that impression,” said Slippery as he pulled a face which completely failed in his bid to look mysterioso.

“Isn’t that a little rich coming from the renowned queen of bluff and bluster?” said OldSmoothie. “Though I’ve always found it rather charming that you’re such a terrible liar.”

“That’s what you may think,” said UpTights, also trying and failing to pull a face, though in her case due simply to too much plastic surgery.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan whose new novel is Law and Peace. For more information and to read past posts visit Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

March 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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