An academic point

‘Penny for your thoughts?’ It was one of the pupils addressing OldSmoothie in the clerks’ room this morning.

‘You’d need a lot of pennies to be able to afford the benefit of my thoughts,’ he replied.

‘I would have said it was one penny too much myself,’ said UpTights.

‘Anyway, how can I help?’ said OldSmoothie.

‘I’m getting stuck on an advice on an area of law which has been covered by so many academic articles that I don’t know which ones to include.’

‘Young man, we are paid a premium in this job to give advice. Plain and simple. Not to quote dissenting judgments or the rambling thoughts of some Oxford don. Tell your client what the law is and what should be done. The rest, literally, is academic.’

‘I once had a pupilmaster whose advice always amounted to which way he felt in his stomach the court of appeal would go on a particular issue,’ said OldRuin.

‘Made him a lot of money, that stomach.’

‘Shame OldSmoothie can’t bill according to the size of his stomach,’ said BusyBody. ‘He’d be a very rich man indeed by now.’

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.

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