BabyB LPlate improvedWent off to court today to be faced with someone who was very clearly a second six pupil on their first day in court. The biggest giveaway was the fact that despite it being a small claims track case the pupil turned up with both volumes of the White Book guide to civil procedure despite the fact that in a million years he wouldn’t be referring to either one. Then there was the skeleton argument which ran to about ten pages and included reference to “Donoghue v Stevenson: the law of negligence explained” and “Lord Atkin’s neighbour principle” explaining in intricate detail why one driver on “one of Her Majesty’s highways” owed a “common law duty of care” to another.


April 12, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 6 Comments
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  1. Lacklustre Lawyer - April 11, 2008

    Haha, good to know that people still continue to use Donoghue v. Stevenson where its not applicable or unnecessary! I wonder, did the pupil add: ‘Is your honour sufficiently familiar with this case?’

  2. lawminx - April 13, 2008

    Hah! I expect you gave the poor soul a Damned Good Thrashing, BB. You really are quite the card, you know…!

  3. Mike - April 14, 2008

    Ah… but who won ?

  4. badfelafel - April 14, 2008

    Was it Nick from the Apprentice?

  5. Old Sweat - April 16, 2008

    What makes you think it is only pupils who come up with this sort of tosh?
    And they were not wriong to bring a copy of the CPR with them: most of the satellite litigation about car hire charges, RTA costs, etc. that has kept the Court of Appeal so amused/bemused recently started out on SCT, and points about cost rates for e.g. witness expensese keep cropping up.

  6. leagle - April 26, 2008

    better the boy scout ‘be prepared’ than the smug ‘know it all’ stance of somebody who ought to know better!