Archive for October, 2012

Book Recommendation: The Racketeer by John Grisham

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of […]

October 31, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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How to spot a bad barrister

“I’ve never been quite sure what makes a good barrister,” said TheBusker. “But there’s one thing that’s never hard to spot – and that’s a bad one.” “Shame that solicitors or their clients don’t often realise,” said BusyBody. “That’s because solicitors rarely attend court and clients usually know no better,” said TheVamp. “Yes, it’s often […]

October 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendations: ‘Famous Trials’ e-books edited by Alex McBride

I’m a huge fan of Alex McBride’s excellent Defending the Guilty and when I heard that he had edited a series of e-books from Penguin I looked forward to seeing them. They certainly don’t disappoint. The series is published by Penguin entitled ‘Famous Trials’ and come in three volumes: Unwanted-Spouses, Escapes and Thrill Killers. Each […]

October 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 29th October 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 […]

October 29, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Sponsored post: Annuities aren’t the only option

Many people have lost faith in pensions. They have done so largely the income that can be derived from them is poor and they are faced with a gamble with annuity providers over how long they will live to enjoy the income they are receiving in lieu of the pension fund given up. This statement is […]

October 29, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Sponsored post: Would you turn away free money with no catch?

This is what people are doing every day by ignoring pensions as an option to boost their retirement savings. Admittedly, pensions have had a tough time recently; the Government have messed around with them so much very few people understand the rules, the 2007/8 stock market crash still looms large in people’s memories and current annuity […]

October 29, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend Video: Tom Hodgkinson on 5 x 15

October 27, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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The legal money tree

“I’ve got to go to court today to hand in a consent order simply because the judge has insisted on our attendance,” moaned one of the pupils today. “What’s your problem with that?” said TheVamp. “Is this really what all my hard work at university and beyond has come to? A train journey to Chatham […]

October 25, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Rowan Atkinson defending freedom of speech

October 24, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book Recommendation: Slapper and Kelly’s The English Legal System

Slapper and Kelly’s The English Legal System explains and critically assesses how our law is made and applied. Annually updated, this authoritative textbook clearly describes the legal rules of England and Wales and their collective influence as a sociocultural institution. This latest edition of The English Legal System presents and analyses changes made to the […]

October 24, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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