The barrister’s Way of Sorrows

One of the pupils was in the clerks room almost in tears today. “I’ve just lost my first trial,” he moaned.

“I wouldn’t worry about that,” said OldSmoothie. “How many trials have you done so far?”

“It was my third but it was my big chance to impress SlipperySlope.”

“Look, young man, you’ll have to get used to losing as well as to winning. It comes with the territory I’m afraid and anyone who takes the job personally won’t last long at all.”

“Losing your first case is just the first of many rites of passage in a career at the bar,” said HeadofChambers.

“More like the Via Dolorosa,” said BusyBody.

“Next you’ll have a solicitor refusing to pay your fees,” saidTheVamp.

“Or maybe a disgruntled client blaming his defeat on your performance,” said TheCreep.

“Though in your case those clients may well have good reason,” said BusyBody.

“Then you’ll have someone arrive into chambers at your level of call and take all your work,” said BusyBody.

“And the government will bring in reforms aimed at killing off all legal work and more specifically that which you specialise in.”

“Then your shelf will be empty and your clerk will tell you to take a month off while things are quiet,” said Teflon.

“And then you’ll get a case which lasts perhaps a year in court and still lose,” said UpTights.

“On a no-win no-fee,” said OldSmoothie.

“And a little later you’ll find your application for silk is politely declined,” said HeadClerk.

“That’s before your application to be a judge also fails,” said OldSmoothie.

“And they’re just the good times,” smiled TheBusker.

“But all the while you’re growing in character,” said OldRuin doing his Dumbledore routine once more. “It’s when you’re having difficulties that you’re not only learning the most about yourself but you’ll also find that it’s when you start to find it easier to put yourself into the shoes of the people you represent.”

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.

November 1, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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