Wimbledon for lawyers

“I just love Wimbledon,” said TheVamp.

“Yes, two weeks completely devoted to raising issues which the lawyers can then spend the rest of the year sorting out,” said OldSmoothie.

“What on earth are you talking about?” said BusyBody. “Sport is one of the few places in which we’re all able to escape the clutches of the law.”

“Yeh, right,” said OldSmoothie. “That is if you don’t count the small print on the tickets, negotiating the players’ image rights, drafting employment contracts for staff and of course over-seeing the health and safety of the public.”

“That doesn’t even scratch the surface,” said HeadofChambers. “There are the TV rights both here and around the world, the drugs tests, the competing sponsorship deals, the building regulations, the list is endless.”

“Whatever you decide to examine,” said OldSmoothie, “you’ll eventually find the fingerprint of a lawyer somewhere along the line.”

“All sporting events are good for lawyers,” said HeadClerk.

“Kind of like flies round, er…” started TheVamp.

“… excrement,” said TheBusker.


“No, it’s more than that,” said HeadClerk. “It’s not just the legal problems they bring with them. It’s also that they provide great opportunities to bring in work.”

“What? Corporate entertainment? Taking solicitors to centre court in return for work?”

“That, definitely,” said HeadClerk. “But way beyond that. It’s about giving lawyers something to talk about which isn’t just work. You know, a chance to bond.”

“It’s definitely rugby if you’re looking for junior work from QCs,” said TheCreep.

“Golf for a certain type of solicitor,” said Teflon.

“And a visit to the dogs for another type,” said BusyBody.

“The best advice I was ever given in my whole legal career was to start supporting West Ham,” said TheVamp smiling at HeadClerk.

“A decision which I’m sure you’ll admit has served you well,” came the reply.
“Though it does slightly defeat the purpose when you discover that almost every other member of chambers also just happens to support HeadClerk’s football team,” said TheBusker.

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

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