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THE TOP OF THE TREE
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?”

THE UPPER CANOPY
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?”

THE TREE TRUNK
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?”

THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE TREE
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?”

BELOW THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE
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?”

ABOVE THE TREE TOPS
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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