The Bar is in managed decline

“You know, whatever they said about Liverpool in the past, there’s one thing that is definitely in managed decline,” said HeadofChambers.

“OldSmoothie?” said UpTights.

“That’s a bit rich coming from the person with a face in such overly managed decline that she can’t even stretch to a smile,” he replied.

“What is it?” asked TheCreep.

“The Bar,” said HeadofChambers. “The end is nigh and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.”

“Yeah, right,” said TheVamp. “There’ll always be a place for the specialist advocate.”

“You’re right,” said HeadofChambers, “and that place is behind a plastic desk on an average salary in one of the shiny new alternative business structures which is about to sweep through the profession.”

“Well it’s certainly nigh for my publicly-funded practice,” said BusyBody. “The game really does appear to be well and truly up.”

“Well I’m not giving in just yet,” said one of the pupils. “I’ve taken on a night shift at a local supermarket to ensure I get a little extra guaranteed income whatever the storm decides to throw at our esteemed profession.”

“Quite right,” said Teflon, “and I’ve been taking on more advices and drafting more claims.”

“Well, I have to admit that I’ve been encouraging a few more claims to fight,” said OldSmoothie.

“And I’ve been advising a few more than usual of those that did fight to appeal.”

“Well, with such positive intentions as those, how can the Bar fail?” smiled TheBusker.

“I really don’t know what you’re all worrying about,” said OldRuin. “I’ve been listening to Jeremiahs harp on about the death knell of the Bar for generations. Rather than running around with the natural paranoia of the self-employed, I’ve always thought it was far more important to count the blessings we do have and take time out to smell the air and watch the cows go by.”

At which point the others shuffled uneasily and the conversation changed to other things.

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.

April 9, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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