‘Nothing’s ever simple any longer.’ It was OldSmoothie lamenting once again. ‘The bigger picture’s been lost forever and we’re all just buried in details and small print.’

‘And whose fault do you think that is?’ asked BusyBody.

‘Of course, it’s got nothing to do with lawyers,’ added UpTights.

‘Clever commercial lawyers who draft terms and conditions which allow companies to do over the little man, maybe,’ he replied. ‘But certainly not us good old-fashioned common lawyers.’

‘Oh, listen to the champion of the little man,’ smiled TheVamp.

‘I like to think I have my moments,’ said OldSmoothie.

‘And of course you’d never take a technical pleading point or kick a case out that had missed limitation?’ said BusyBody.

‘That’s completely different. That’s just our job,’ OldSmoothie replied. ‘We do what we’re instructed to do.’

‘If anything, surely we should be celebrating the modern world’s obsession with detail?’ said TheBusker. ‘I mean, if it wasn’t for solicitors instructing us to take technical points we’d all be out of work.’

Which silenced OldSmoothie for the rest of 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 Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

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