Archive for December, 2012

Sponsored post: Introducing LiggerLawyer @ICLR

“Have you ever come across a young barrister who seemed to crash every drinks party in the whole of EC4 this Christmas season,” asked BusyBody today.
“Ah, so you’ve met LiggerLawyer,” smiled TheVamp. “She’s like the worst kind of Z-list celebrity who would go along to the opening of a briefcase if she’d been invited and it had free booze.”
“Except in LiggerLawyer’s case she’s not even a crass celeb and she’s also never invited to anything in the first place,” said Teflon.
“I’ve seen her around,” said OldSmoothie. “She always sends congratulation letters to new judges and QCs to try and finagle an invite. Her problem is that we’ve all been pre-warned in advance and so ignore them.”
“She’s regularly loitering outside Middle Temple Hall after work,” said UpTights. “Word has it that she’s even had to resort to disguise since the porters have also been warned about her.”
“But why does she do it?” asked BusyBody.
“I’ve known her since Bar School,” said TheVamp. “It’s not that she’s an alcoholic or even that she can’t afford to buy her own drinks. Instead it simply seems to be that she gets a kick out of getting something for nothing. But not just that, the kick also seems to be about not getting caught.”
“Doesn’t seem to be doing a terribly good job there, then,” said HeadofChambers.
“From what I’ve heard,” said UpTights, “her real problem isn’t merely the crashing of the odd party or two. It’s that she’s completely and utterly without any semblance or even a hint of charm whatsoever.”
“It’s true,” said TheVamp. “Her self-importance and pomposity used to suck the humour out of even the funniest of situations. Worse still, most of the time she just stood around offending people without having the slightest inkling she was doing so.”
“Now that really is a problem,” said HeadofChambers. “I mean, if you’re going to freeload, then you must at least know your place and be explicitly on notice that you are under an obligation at the very least to sing for your supper.”
“And failure to be entertaining in such circumstances is far worse than the act of ligging itself,” said UpTights.
“She sounds to me that she’s just the sort of person who probably turns up at court without using the official ICLR law reports.”
“It’s funny you should mention that,” said TheBusker. “I was against her the other day. I turned up as usual with my copies taken from the ICLR Online but she didn’t have any print offs at all. Instead she just handed the judge a few links which she asked him to type into his computer and download during submissions.”
“Ouch,” said BusyBody.
“Quite,” said TheBusker, “The problem is that the brass neck which keeps her from crawling under a bush around the Temple also left her completely impervious to any criticism. Even when the judge shouted at her, she simply threatened him with appeal. Still, I wasn’t complaining when her otherwise strong case was dismissed well before we even got to the lunch break.”

December 31, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 31st December 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 info@qccartoon.com.

December 31, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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ICLR Encounters 3 – Tim Kevan, Gary Slapper & Alex Williams @TheICLR

December 30, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book review: ‘A Game of Proof’ by Tim Vicary

Heads up for a top class British legal thriller called A Game of Proof by Tim Vicary. It’s the first in a series of novels which follows barrister Sarah Newby and in my view puts the author up there with his American counterparts John Grisham, Scott Turrow and Michael Connolly. Right from the start it had me turning the pages with a superb depiction of a criminal trial and the behind the scenes manoeuvrings of the lawyers involved. The dialogue is sassy and authentic but it was in the constant opening of new layers both in plot and with the characters which truly had me turning the pages. In fact, I read it in a day which is the biggest compliment I could offer. I’m not going to give the plot away here and simply recommend it as a top read not just for lawyers but for all those who enjoy a great yarn well told. You can buy is at www.amazon.co.uk.

December 29, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend Video: Ken Robinson on Passion

December 29, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Book Recommendation: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a ‘secret mission’ which brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage – trust no one.

McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.

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December 26, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 24th December 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 info@qccartoon.com.

December 24, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Bringing the profession into disrepute

“I’ve just had a threatening letter today from a con man of a builder who caused all sorts of damage to my house a few months ago,” said OldSmoothie.
“What did it say?” asked TheVamp.
“It accused me of bringing, and I quote, ‘the honourable and esteemed profession of the Bar into disrepute’,” he said. “I mean, the cheek of it. A con man claiming to be concerned for the higher morals of the Bar.”
“What? You mean on the basis that it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black?” smiled TheBusker.
“So what exactly is he accusing you of doing?” asked TheCreep.
“That’s the point. His letter is threatening to cause me all sorts of professional difficulties and I didn’t actually do anything wrong.”
“But even so. Go on, humour us. What is he saying?”
“He’s claiming that a letter I wrote to him on chambers headed paper was misusing my position as a barrister. Says that it was threatening.”
Looks were exchanged and a small silence followed before TheVamp said, “Er, I think you’ll find that that would be somewhat, how shall I put it? Frowned upon by the Bar Standards.”
“And I’ll bet it was only made worse by phrases such as ‘As a barrister’ and ‘If you go to court you’ll regret it’,” said BusyBody.
“I’ve heard him use ‘very close friend of most of the senior judiciary’, before,” smiled TheVamp. “Not only a wild overstatement but also hardly something that’d help these days in any event.”
“It never seems to hinder TheBusker that he gets on with all the judges,” said TheCreep with a tinge of bitterness.
“So what do you think I should do?” asked OldSmoothie.
“I think you already know the answer to that one,” said TheVamp. “I hardly imagine his fees are equal to the value of your reputation.”
“Though it’s starting from a low base,” said BusyBody.
“It’s just so unfair,” said OldSmoothie sounding like a whining teenager.
“Thank goodness less people are aware of their ability to hold us to ransom through the Bar Standards,” said HeadofChambers. “Otherwise, where would we be?”

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.

December 22, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend Video: Meet the Writers – John Grisham

December 22, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Book Recommendation: Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson

The classic story of an otter living in the Devonshire countryside which captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter’s own eyes.

 

 

 

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December 19, 2012 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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