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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. 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.

June 30, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

June 28, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London’s West End Central, 27 Savile Row. Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer’s reach getting closer to everything – and everyone – he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life …

Available from Amazon.

June 25, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Stealing clients

Following Slick’s little modernising speech, HeadClerk is particularly sensitive to demonstrating that the old school ways are best and this week he went into overdrive a little while back on his usual trick involving QC celebration parties.

You see, every QC has one, and tradition has it that it’s simply bad form not to invite anyone who sends them a congratulatory note. Which has meant that for years now, HeadClerk has always got FanciesHimself, his most trusted junior clerk, to write thank you notes to all new silks. He then attends all the parties to which he is inevitably invited and discreetly goes around selling our own chambers to the solicitors there.

The funny thing is that FanciesHimself was reporting back today on one such party and happened to comment that this whole tradition has created a kind of strange social circuit for those wanting to milk these parties. Mostly it’s other clerks but there’s also a few ageing barristers whose practices have seen better times and who use it as a means of funding their drinking habits.

Meanwhile, Slick has announced that he will be bringing in a possible candidate for the position of commercial director in the next couple of days. He currently works for a solicitors’ firm and Teflon looked up and then emailed around his online profile.

Let me just say at this stage that it wasn’t the fact that he’d qualified as a barrister and then not got taken on which raised eyebrows. In fact his experience at the Bar would positively count in his favour. It was that his profile picture had him posing for camera in wig and gown and holding up a degree certificate and explained why Teflon had headed his email “Ouch”.

I really don’t fancy his chances when it comes to being grilled at chambers tea.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

June 24, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. 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.

June 23, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Lord Bingham – The Rule of Law

June 21, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by Nicholas J McBride

Letters to a Law Student relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study.

Available from Amazon.

June 18, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The modernisers are revolting

The other day we all went to the celebration party of a barrister in chambers who has just been made a QC. Actually, he’s only just been made a tenant in chambers as well, having joined from another set where it was said that he didn’t feel he was getting quite the attention he deserved. Though word has it that he stood unsuccessfully for head of chambers and then left in a huff to find another home for his thwarted ambitions.

He’s about fifty-five with the usual middle-aged spread and thinning hair. The difference is that Slick (it just seems appropriate) is a ‘moderniser’. Not really in the sense of being rebellious or anti-establishment (sadly). Far from it.

Rather he represents a corporate view of life that he thinks should be the new establishment, even at the Bar. But above all what defines him is a leathery perma-tan and slicked-back hair. Oh, and the mini-me he brought with him from his other chambers who I’ll call Slicklet but who also reminded me of C3PO playing up to his beloved ‘Master Luke’.

After the champagne had been served, Slicklet stood to introduce Slick to the masses and then the oily one started his speech. “In these fine surroundings, it is an honour and a privilege…” We were already switching off when suddenly he suddenly announced, “…and I therefore intend to stand for head of chambers…” Everyone’s attention was certainly taken with that one, particularly when he also went on to mention “…the appointment of a commercial director…”

Everyone turned to look at HeadClerk who at present is in charge of anything and everything that is in the slightest bit both commercial or indeed uncommercial. He raised a glass of champagne to the speaker and with a broad smile toasted him with the words, “Over my dead body.” Slicklet gasped but everyone else in chambers fell silent.

War, they knew, had officially been declared.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

June 17, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. 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.

June 16, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry

June 14, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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