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Rookie error

BabyB LPlate improvedYesterday I was in Southend, the day before Bournemouth and today it was Brighton which sounds more like the itinerary of a stand up comedian than a baby barrister.  Though come to think of it, the wages are probably as paltry and the audience as humourless.

Anyway, today my opponent was another pupil.  She opened with the line,

“Sir, my client is a very old lady of…”

Wait for it.


The cracking sound of the breaking of the nib of the judge’s pencil reverberated around the courtroom long after judgment had been given against her client.

December 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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My Lord

OldSmoothieWent to court with OldSmoothie today.  He was in front of a judge with whom he had failed to get along since university days.  According to OldSmoothie it all happened “over a particularly strong-minded filly”.  According to Chambers gossip, he stole the judge’s girlfriend.  Whatever the details, there has been no love lost between them since.

Anyway, apparently the judge had always fancied himself as a bit of an academic.  He’d had ambitions to be a high court judge but had quietly been given the word that it wasn’t going to happen and that he might be well-advised to apply for the circuit bench.  Since there was no way that OldSmoothie was ever going to get along with his old adversary, he went instead for the put down, calling him “My Lord” throughout which is the title due to a high court judge rather than the “Your Honour” which he should have been using.  Each time he said it, you could just detect a slight twitch around the corner of the judge’s mouth.  To correct him would only highlight OldSmoothie’s point.  Not to correct him left OldSmoothie getting away with an insult.

He was left with little choice but to pitch for the dignified silence.

December 21, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 5 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

December 19, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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December 17, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The Legal Implications of Dating While Divorcing (in the USA)

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Divorcing is an emotional and difficult process for anyone. Some people find themselves wanting to date during this emotional and difficult time, but it’s always best to wait until the ink is dry on your divorce papers before you begin a new relationship.

If you do choose to date, no matter how ready you feel to move on in your life, make sure you understand what’s at stake when you start dating before your divorce is final. Here are some important legal implications of dating while divorcing from Austin divorce attorney Ben Carrasco to be aware of.


Divorce can often bring out the worst in people, and if you begin dating during a divorce, it will likely feel like a personal offense to your spouse. He or she may not think reasonably, and instead may set out to ruin you for your actions. You may end up battling much fiercer competition than you otherwise would have, simply because your spouse is angry and seeking to make your life difficult. Child custody, alimony, division of assets… nothing will be too sacred to touch.

Not only that, keeping things civil is the best way to move quickly and reasonably through your divorce.

Questionable Morals?

If you live in a state that recognizes fault in a divorce, your dating may be viewed as adultery – even if it’s happening after being separated. This can impact the decisions made about your alimony, child support, and more.

If you live in a no-fault state, you still may see your morals called into question. This can sway decisions more favorably in your spouse’s direction.

Your New Partner Can Be Scrutinized

If you have children, you’ll be facing child custody issues, and any new partner can be called into question since that person will likely be spending time with your children. Does your new partner have a squeaky-clean background? If not, you may end up losing the custody you’re hoping to get.

A judge makes child custody decisions based on what he or she considers best for the children, and if there is anything shady about your new boyfriend or girlfriend, you may end up with limitations on your child custody. In addition, your new boyfriend or girlfriend could be dragged through the mud as your spouse tries to paint the worst picture about your situation.

And did you know your spouse could even potentially try to sue your new boyfriend or girlfriend for alienation of affection? Not only that, but your new partner may even be asked to testify at trial so your ex’s lawyer can determine and prove any distribution of marital property. The lawyer can even question your boyfriend or girlfriend, looking for evidence that you have said anything that can be used against you.

Alimony and Child Support

If you’re living with someone during your divorce, any alimony and child support amounts may be reduced since there will be two incomes contributing to your household. In addition, in the division of property, a judge may look closely at any gifts you may have given to your new partner, and factor those expenses in when making decisions on the division of assets.

Some Guidelines

The best advice is to simply wait to date until your divorce is finalized. 

You might also want to find a family law attorney you can trust, and direct any specific questions you have about dating to your attorney.

December 14, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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PennyweatherJ_CircuitI won’t say what court I was in today.  To do so would probably trigger an investigation from the new Ministry of Justice.  The reason is simple.  One of the judges is having an affair with his usher and most of the barristers know about it.  But what’s unusual about this, you might ask?  The fact that the barristers also know that the usher in fact insists on deciding all of the cases for the judge.  This had led to a feeding frenzy in the waiting room as barristers queue up to book in and try and slip in a few submissions in the process.  I didn’t realise this until afterwards unfortunately and was a little perplexed as to why my opponent spent so much time explaining what a hard journey he’d had and how his mother wasn’t very well at the moment and how important this case was to his client.  In hindsight, I can now see that the usher was clearly charmed.  Following our submissions, the judge asked for five minutes to consider his judgment.  The usher showed us out and then returned into the court for the deliberations.

Needless to say, I lost though at least I will know better for next time.

December 14, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 4 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

December 12, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Top 5 Things To Do After Divorce (in the USA)

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Going through a divorce is not easy, and when the entire process ends, you may want to celebrate or do anything that will take your mind off your life. Some people go into a phase of depression where they do next to nothing, because they are overcoming the emotional wounds of a divorce. Others become more active in their professional and personal lives to keep themselves busy. How you respond is up to you, but there are five things you should absolutely do right after your divorce, before you get into a phase of wallowing, celebration or intense work to take your mind off your life situation. And with the help of a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer these five things are easy to accomplish.

1. Separation Agreement

After your divorce is final, you may want to get your mind as far away from it as possible. But you have to take the time to read your separation agreement. It is better if you read it with your attorney present, because it will allow you to ask questions about anything you do not quite understand.

2. Implement Agreement Actions

If there are any items that you have to resolve within the separation agreement, make sure you take care of them as soon as possible. It is often the case that you have to do certain things within 30 or 60 days of the divorce date, which is why it is better to get these things done as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you out with most of these things, especially if they are of a legal nature.

3. Life, Car and Health Insurance

Take a look at your life and health insurance policies. If you had joint policies for either of these things, make sure they are now separated from your spouse. Depending on the situation, you will either become the sole owner of the policy you both shared before, or you may be the one who has to get a new policy. In either case, make sure the policies you are getting are reflective of your current income levels, not the amount of money the two of you were making when you were married.

4. Protect Investments

If you had any investments that you made prior to or during your marriage, make sure they are protected. Most of these things are covered during the divorce agreement, but it is still a good idea to double check all your investments and accounts to make sure what should be in your name is in fact so, and that your spouse is NOT someone who can make any decisions or access any information about those investments.

5. Take Care of Your Kids

While the legal aspect of custody is sorted during the divorce proceedings, you may still need to help your kids deal with the emotional scars of a divorce. You are probably upset yourself, which is normal, but you have to try and put the emotional and mental well-being of your children before your own. Make sure they are okay before you worry about yourself in this post-divorce landscape!

December 8, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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UpTightsUpTights received a call from a solicitor today.  Not just any solicitor but the senior partner at a massive firm which provides her with a lot of work.  However, it would be accurate to say that they have never quite seen eye to eye.  Legend has it that this has been since she spurned his advances some twenty years ago.  Let’s call him OldSoak.  UpTights had the phone on loudspeaker and so I heard both sides of the call.

“Hello, OldSoak.  How are you.”

“Not bad, UpTights.  Not bad.  But despite the fact that it’s always a pleasure to hear your dulcet tones, I was actually hoping to speak to OldSmoothie.”

“Oh.  I see.  Well.  Let’s see.  I’m not terribly good with this new-fangled phone system, you know.  I can give it a try, though.”

She then pressed a few buttons on her phone and got through to OldSmoothie.

“Hello OldSmoothie.  I have someone on the phone who puts even you into the shade on the loathsome stakes.”

“I see you’re on as charming form as ever UpTights.  Now, who could that be?”

“Well take a wild guess.  He’s even older than you, fancies himself even more than you but unlike you, his dearly beloved wife is having an affair with a young man that he’s just made partner in his firm.”

“Ooh.  Difficult one indeed.  You must be referring to our old friend OldSoak, methinks.”

“Yes, not my favourite person in the world.  Pays the bills though, I guess.”

“Well, quite UpTights.  Quite.  Priorities and all.”

At which point they were both interrupted from their gossiping by the following,

“Hello.  Hello.  What on earth are you talking about.  UpTights?  What’s going on?”

It was the voice of OldSoak himself.  UpTights had pressed the three way conference call.


December 7, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 9 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

December 5, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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