Archive for April, 2012

Person of the Week: John Bolch

I’ve started a new series over at The Barrister Blog entitled Person of the Week and the first subject is John Bolch of the excellent Family Lore blog.

April 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Taxing the poor

“It’s so unfair that our professional indemnity insurance is based upon a percentage of our earnings,” said OldSmoothie today.

“It’s true,” said HeadofChambers. “What it means in reality is that the more senior you get, the more you earn and therefore the more you pay in insurance.”

“Even though you’re actually becoming a better barrister and therefore less of a risk,” said OldSmoothie.

“That’s highly debatable,” said BusyBody, “and anyway, surely it reflects the fact that you’re doing higher value cases which are generally taken to be more risky?”

“Completely untrue,” said OldSmoothie. “The cases where most of the mistakes are made are the smaller, less lucrative ones which people don’t necessarily give their, er, full attention.”

“I think you’re speaking for yourself with that little proposition,” said BusyBody.

“There is a fair point though,” said TheBusker. “I mean, maybe they should start offering no claims discounts to barristers who never claim.”

“The problem with that,” said TheVamp, “is that the numbers of claims are so small that pretty much all the senior barristers would be paying tiny premiums and it’d massively increase payments for those at the junior end.”

“Quite right too,” said OldSmoothie. “Why should we subsidise the junior Bar? We’re already doing it with the rent we pay, never mind our insurance premiums.”

“Don’t get him started on rent,” said BusyBody.

“Well, it really is ridiculous that my chambers rent has doubled in the last ten years even though I’m still in the same room and not turning over massively more than before.”

“But don’t you think senior barristers have a moral duty to support the future of the profession just as you were supported in the past?” said TheVamp.

“Not when there is no future for those at the bottom end of chambers,” came the reply. “Throwing good money after bad if you ask me.”

“Absolute nonsense,” said UpTights. “Greedy older barristers have been making these kinds of arguments for generations and they were as wrong then as you are now. Mark my words, they’ll still be debating the future of the Bar in thirty years time and in three hundred years time and there’ll still be the nay-sayers and Jeremiahs moaning on like the broken record that you’ve become OldSmoothie.” She paused before adding, “So don’t start getting ideas about trying to change the rent structure old man or you’ll have me to deal with.”

Which for once really did shut him up.

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.

April 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 30th April 2012

This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including Lawyers Uncovered. He also does the cartoons for BabyBarista and has had two more excellent books published recently: 101 Ways to Leave the Law and 101 Uses for a Useless Banker. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email

April 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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President Obama on fine form!

April 29, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Come on you Blues!

April 28, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Best interview with a politician ever!

April 28, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: ‘Mitchell and Webb – Slightly Less Than Two Drinks’

April 28, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Sir Humphrey would have approved!

Watching the clip of the permanent secretary of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Jonathan Stephens being grilled about Jeremy Hunt and his special advisor, I can only think that Sir Humphrey would have approved!

April 27, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Sponsored post: Passing the buck down the legal tree of life @ICLR

Judge to OldSmoothie: “Mr OldSmoothie, you and I have known each other many years and by now you should well know my preference for the official ICLR law reports. I’d never taken you for a dunce before but really, how long will it be until you learn such a simple lesson?”

OldSmoothie to his solicitor: “I can’t believe that you filed an official court bundle of authorities without using the ICLR. I’d never taken you for a fool before but really, how long will it be until you learn such a simple lesson?”

Solicitor to articled clerk: “How could you bring the reputation of this great firm into such disrepute by failing to use the ICLR? I’d never taken you for a complete idiot before but really, how long will it be until you learn such a simple lesson?”

Articled clerk to OldSmoothie’s pupil: “When I rang you and asked for some free help sorting out the bundle of authorities, the very last thing I thought you’d do is ruin the whole thing by failing to use the ICLR online. I’d never taken you for being quite such a shambolic loser before but really, how long will it be until you learn such a simple lesson?”

OldSmoothie’s pupil to OldSmoothie’s mini-pupil: “How on earth do you think you’ll make it to the Bar when you don’t even think to use the official law reports? I’d never thought a pupil could be so utterly useless before but really, how long will it be until you learn such a simple lesson?”

OldRuin to OldSmoothie’s mini-pupil: “Don’t worry, young man. The legal world is full of bullies from top to bottom. Just never forget: don’t be scared, keep your eyes on the horizon and above all don’t let them turn you into one of them. Oh, and lest you forget, it always helps if you soften them up by using the ICLR online, particularly in the light of the Lord Chief Justice’s new Practice Direction on the Citation of Authorities.”

April 26, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Barrister Rubber Duck!

I’m loving the Barrister Rubber Duck which is available on amazon and also at Hammicks!

April 26, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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