Archive for February, 2016

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.

February 29, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: An Underwater Art Museum, Teeming with Life | Jason deCaires Taylor | TED Talks

February 27, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction To Your Future by Richard Susskind

In his newest provocative and forward-looking volume on the legal profession, Richard Susskind-the best-selling author of The End of Lawyers? and The Future of Law-predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. What Susskind sees is eye-opening-a legal world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditised service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalised, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers too. Tomorrow’s Lawyers is a definitive guide to this future–for young and aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernise our legal and justice systems. It introduces the new legal landscape and offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law. Susskind identifies the key drivers of change, such as the economic downturn, and considers how these will shape the legal marketplace. He then sketches out the new legal landscape as he envisions it, highlighting the changing role of law firms-and in-house lawyers-and the coming of virtual hearings and online dispute resolution. He also suggests solutions to major concerns within the legal profession, such as diminishing public funding, and explores alternative roles for future lawyers in a world increasingly dominated by It. And what are the prospects for aspiring lawyers? Susskind predicts what new jobs and new employers there will be, equipping prospective lawyers with penetrating questions to put to their current and future bosses.

Available from Amazon.

February 24, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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End of the road

OldSmoothieMuch chatter in chambers tea yesterday afternoon about fixed costs in road traffic cases. “It’s the end of the junior bar,” said TheCreep.
“And the junior junior bar,” said BusyBody.
“And definitely the baby bar,” piped up one of the pupils.
“Well at least the senior bar should be okay,” growled OldSmoothie smugly. “I mean, I haven’t done a small road traffic case for twenty years.”
“Yes, don’t worry OldSmoothie,” said BusyBody. “You’ll be absolutely fine. There’ll still be lots of work for you. The only problem will be that there’ll be no junior tenants to pay all the rent which pays for your clerk and your big room. But hey, you never know, maybe you’ll be able to work out of one the libraries.” OldSmoothie’s face dropped. “Oh,’ added BusyBody, “and there’ll be no-one around to refer work up to you either.”
“I don’t know,” said UpTights. “First it was no win-no fee. Now it’s just no fee.”

February 23, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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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.

February 22, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Bill Gates interview: How the world will change by 2030

February 20, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote

The chilling true crime ‘non-fiction novel’ that made Truman Capote’s name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in Penguin Modern Classics. Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human.

Available from Amazon.

February 17, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Terms of enragement

Vexatious_colourThe thing I’ve started to realise about ClichéClanger is that his gruff Northern demeanour and no nonsense approach belies a very wry sense of humour and a subtle twinkle in the eye. Today I received a good example where I am still left not knowing whether he’d made a Freudian slip or a joke. They were instructions for a case involving a client who has been causing him no end of grief and they began: “Your instructing Solicitor is enraged to represent the Claimant in this matter…”


February 16, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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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.

February 15, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: Glenn Greenwald at Yale Law School – “With Liberty and Justice for Some”

February 13, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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