Archive for October, 2013

Book Recommendation: Brothers-in-Law by Henry Cecil

Roger Thursby, aged twenty-four, is called to the bar. He is young, inexperienced and his love life is complicated. He blunders his way through a succession of comic adventures including his calamitous debut at the bar. His career takes an upward turn when he is chosen to defend the caddish Alfred Greenat at the Old […]

October 30, 2013 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Never say what you actually mean

One of the mini-pupils crept into chambers tea today and innocently asked UpTights what was the secret to being a successful barrister. “It all boils down to the art of the disingenuous comment.” She smiled at the pupil and added, “With the greatest of respect, naturally.” “I like: Your Lordship is, as always, ahead of […]

October 29, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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What would happen to Walter White (Breaking Bad) if he were caught?

Brought to you by our friends at Prime Lawyers in Australia Now before you read the rest of this article, let me reassure you that there will be no spoilers as to the final series of the excellent ‘Breaking Bad’ since it’s not released on DVD in this country until 25th November. But whilst awaiting […]

October 28, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons,28th October 2013

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 28, 2013 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Book Recommendation: Jez Butterworth Plays: One (Mojo, Parlour Song, The Night Heron, The Winterling) [Paperback]

Jez Butterworth burst onto the theatre scene aged 25 with Mojo, “one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years” Time Out. This first volume of his collected work contains that play plus the three that followed, as well as two short one-person plays, Leavings and The Naked Eye, providing a complete […]

October 23, 2013 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Ethical dilemmas

A pupil rushed into the clerks room today with a look of blind panic. “What do I do? Ridiculously, I accidentally emailed my written advice to the other side’s solicitor who I also do a lot of work for. Should I call them up and tell them not to read it?” “All I’d say,” said […]

October 22, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons,21st October 2013

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 21, 2013 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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In a political world of grey, Australian politicians are a breath of fresh air

Brought to you by our friends at Lexis Nexis in Australia With all the recent coverage of the Australian election it reminds me in particular how much I like Australians. That’s not to say I’d support their cricket or rugby teams but for what it’s worth I do admire much of their apparent approach to […]

October 20, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book Recommendation: Lives of the Law: Selected Essays and Speeches: 2000-2010 by Lord Bingham

Tom Bingham (1933-2010) was the ‘greatest judge of our time’ (The Guardian), a towering figure in modern British public life who championed the rule of law and human rights inside and outside the courtroom. Lives of the Law collects Bingham’s most important later writings, in which he brings his distinctive, engaging style to tell the story of […]

October 16, 2013 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Money for old rope

HeadClerk passed me a brief this morning and said, “Sir, directions hearing tomorrow morning at 10:30. £500 for a five minute hearing. Everything agreed.” “MFOR,” said OldSmoothie and when I looked bemused he added, “Money for old rope. It’s basically how much solicitors are prepared to pay someone to go and visit a grot hole […]

October 15, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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