Archive for July, 2015

Book recommendation: To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback by Harper Lee

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout […]

July 29, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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No touchy feely at the Bar

“I feel that the Apple Watch is going to take off, you know,” said PupilFodder. “Young lady,” said HeadofChambers sternly, “psychologists feel, not barristers.” She looked flustered and started to correct herself with: “Oh, sorry, I believe that…” “Believe? Believe?” said HeadofChambers, his voice rising. “Only priests believe my dear. Barristers are not paid to do either […]

July 28, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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.

July 27, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

July 25, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories by John Mortimer

Forever Rumpole – a hilarious new selection of the very best Rumpole stories by John Mortimer. Horace Rumpole lives alongside Mr Pickwick and Bertie Wooster as one of the immortal comic characters in English fiction. With his curmudgeonly wit, his literary allusions, his disdain for personal ambition and his lack of pomposity, he has, in […]

July 22, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The joys of being self-employed

“You know, alternative business structures are going to lead to us all working for solicitors firms,” said UpTights at chambers tea today. “Yeh right, as if we, the Bar, are going to do that,” said OldSmoothie. “But you already do,” said TheBusker, breaking it to him gently. “Oh, hmm, well, maybe so technically, but we don’t […]

July 21, 2015 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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.

July 20, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Becoming a Barrister – Q&A

July 18, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: The Great Defender: The Life and Trials of Edward Marshall Hall KC, England’s Greatest Barrister by Edward Marjoribanks (Author) and Gary Bell QC (Introduction)

When Sir Edward Marshall Hall died in 1927 it was the end of an era. Tall, strikingly handsome and charming, the barrister was the finest advocate ever seen in the English criminal courts. Known as ‘The Great Defender’ as he fought tooth and nail for his clients, those in the shadow of the hangman’s noose […]

July 15, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Lack of insight

Very weird conversation in the clerks room this morning as everyone discussed this blog. Specifically they were talking about which characters they all think they most resemble. “I’d like to be OldRuin,” said TheCreep, but I think I’m probably more like TheBusker.” Incredulous looks increased further when BusyBody then added: “And I’m definitely Worrier.” “Well […]

July 14, 2015 · Tim Kevan · 4 Comments
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