Late payment

‘I received a cheque today for a case I did over twenty-five years ago.’ It was OldRuin and he was smiling as he told the story at chambers tea. ‘It was accompanied by this note from the senior partner of the firm of solicitors who sent it:

“Dear OldRuin,
I realise that even by the tardy standards of my own side of the profession, twenty-five years is a little excessive but I thought you might in any event appreciate the fact that we do at least always stand by our word and pay our bills. While I realise that the sum of £35.48 is hardly going to go very far in today’s money, I thought that the addition of a magnum of champagne to accompany it might at least cover the lost interest you might otherwise have been earning.”‘

OldRuin then pointed to the trolley which normally carried the tea and said,
‘I thought you all might like to join me in celebrating my latest windfall.’

‘What are you going to do with the cheque?’ asked TheVamp.

‘I will put it inside the frame which sits in my downstairs lavatory at home with the title “Chamber of horrors”. It will replace the cheque which is currently in there and which was paid only sixteen years late.’

With which he proceeded to fill the glasses and pass them around before TheBusker proposed a toast:

‘May solicitors keep us in work for many years to come by being as bad with their other deadlines as they are at paying our bills.’

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.

February 17, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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