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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.

November 30, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Alain de Botton: Status Anxiety

November 28, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: The Crossing (Harry Bosch 20) by Michael Connelly

Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired maverick Defense Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn’t the way he wanted to go, Harry has to admit that being out of the game has its benefits. Until Mickey asks him to help on one of his cases, and suddenly Harry is back where he belongs, right in the centre of a particularly puzzling murder mystery. The difference is, this time Harry is working for the defense, aiming to prevent the accused, Leland Foster, from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but having crossed over to ‘the dark side’ as his former colleagues would put it, Harry is in danger of betraying the very principles he’s lived by his whole career.

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November 25, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Animal magic

TheBuskerTheBusker’s dog Leading Counsel was in chambers again yesterday afternoon and he was showing off his new tricks. “I’m preparing him for coming along to court and assisting me as a visual aid,” he said. “I’m only going to wheel him out for the hopeless cases since I don’t think it would be fair on my opponents the rest of the time. I mean, it’s absolutely guaranteed to distract the judge and jury and I hardly think they’re going to dislike it.”
“Why? What can he do that’s so special?” asked BusyBody curiously.
“Oh, nothing too special really. It’s just that I’ve tailored his usual exercises to the law as is only appropriate. So, for example, whenever I even mention the words ‘cross-examination’, he simply rolls over,” and sure enough, the dog was on his back with his paws straight up in the air.
“Then,” he continued, “if I say, ‘settlement’ he starts begging on his hind legs.” Once again the dog was there.
“If I want to start making a point and use the word ‘terrible’ I get a slight growl,” (which did indeed follow), “and if I step it up a notch to ‘outrageous’ I get a little bark,” and sure enough there was a bark to which even the grumpiest of opponents would have found it difficult to object. “But whilst he will always respond when told to ‘shake hands’ he will steadfastly ignore the command to ‘shake hands with counsel’. And if all of that’s not sufficient to win the day then I’ve also got him a white collar with barristers’ bands falling down the front.”

The irony is that whilst TheBusker’s smile gave away that he was joking about actually taking him to court, I can’t see him going to all this trouble without actually doing it, simply for the story value.

November 24, 2015 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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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.

November 23, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Alan Siegel: Let’s simplify legal jargon!

November 21, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: Animal QC : My Preposterous Life by Gary Bell

GARY BELL QC appears to be a pillar of the Establishment – one of Britain’s leading lawyers, with his own BBC TV show, an entry in Who’s Who, and a wife whose family are listed in Burke’s Landed Gentry. But beneath the horsehair wig and silk gown is a very unusual barrister indeed – and his life story is astonishing and hilarious. Born to a teenaged cigarette factory worker and a nineteen-year-old miner, he grew up in a condemned slum terrace and then a Nottinghamshire pit village, and left his tough comprehensive without taking any exams. He followed his father down the mine but promptly quit because of his lifelong fear of the dark, and spent the next decade either homeless or working in a strange variety of jobs. Asda shelf-stacker, Pork Farms pie maker, door-to-door rag salesman, fruit machine technician, fireman, lawnmower mechanic, bricklayer, pet food warehouse fork lift truck driver… he’s done the lot (and was sacked from most of them for incompetence). Along the way, he managed to rack up a conviction for fraud – he worked out how to fiddle those fruit machines – and was also a notorious football hooligan known as ‘Animal’ (though not for his fighting prowess, he’s a terrible coward). Finally pulling himself together in his mid-twenties, he went to university as a mature student, where he stuck out from his younger, public school-educated contemporaries with his stonewashed jeans, skinhead and moustache. So he ‘decided to become upper-middle class’, adopting tweeds, received pronunciation, and (strictly for his own amusement) an Old Etonian back story. He got so good at this that he went back to his ‘old school’ to play in Old Boys’ Field Game fixtures, and many actual OEs still swear they were at Eton with him. There’s much more to say about Gary Bell – international debating champion, award-winning stand-up comic, Beverly Hills lawyer (he was recruited whilst still a student), chronic bedwetter, private pilot, friend of The Village People, devoted dad – but there isn’t the space. Now among the country’s top defence barristers – his cases are so complex that the papers are not counted but weighed, and they often weigh ten or fifteen tonnes – his preposterous story reads like a strange dream and redefines the word ‘amazing’, as well as being extremely funny, very moving, and utterly life-affirming.

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November 18, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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To be honest

HeadofChambers improved (1)One of the pupils was asked a question at chambers tea on Friday and began his answer with: “To be honest…”
HeadofChambers immediately interrupted him with: “Young man, ‘to be honest’ is what a criminal says in the witness box. What a lawyer should say is ‘to be frank.’”

November 17, 2015 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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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.

November 16, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: How to Build Your Creative Confidence | David Kelley | TED Talks

November 14, 2015 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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