Procuring work

“It’s about time we organised a lavish chambers party,” said Slick today.

“Yes, because everyone knows that free champagne is the most cost-effective way of getting them to give you work,” said TheVamp sarcastically.

“Exactly,” said Slick without a hint of irony. “In my last chambers we always budgeted for two bottles of the finest vintage champagne per solicitor. It always paid for itself in the first set of instructions.”

“That is, if other chambers weren’t doing the same,” said BusyBody.

“Perhaps we should up our game and start offering corporate outings?” said Slick.

“I think you’ll find that OldSmoothie already organises regular visits to the football, opera or golf depending on the particular solicitors’ interests.”

“Even though the Bar Code of Conduct prohibits giving any form of present or commission to solicitors other than small promotional items,” said BusyBody.

“I think you’ll find that all of my entertainment is for private purposes and has nothing whatsoever to do with work,” said OldSmoothie.

“What? Meaning that if you also sleep with your female solicitors after taking them out then it’s somehow better?” said BusyBody.

“It’s very simple,” said OldSmoothie ignoring the dig. “I always make a point of never discussing work at any of those events.”

“Which is fortunate given that your juniors do all of your work for you,” said TheVamp.

“As far as I’m concerned this makes it a private function and nothing to do with work at all,” said OldSmoothie.

“As is the day’s pheasant shooting that you give each year to that judge you’re always appearing in front of,” said BusyBody.

“Exactly,” said OldSmoothie.

“Though I think you might find the Code itself is a little less forgiving,” said UpTights.

“But what if I was going out with a solicitor?” said TheCreep, now looking very worried that he might one day accidentally break the rules.

“I hardly think that’s likely Mr Cweepy Weepy,” said TheVamp patting him on the head.

“The thing is, where does it end? What is private and what is work?” he persisted.

“Ah, now there’s a question,” said OldRuin with a wry smile. “Not that it’ll stop me cooking Sunday lunch for my best friend this week, despite the fact that he’s a senior judge.”

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan whose new novel is Law and Peace. For more information and to read past posts visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

January 25, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Not a penny more

UpTightsOld Smoothie popped round to UpTights’ room yesterday.  They have a case listed against each other next week and he wanted to try and settle it early.  OldSmoothie is for a mother who was knocked over by a drunk driver and seriously injured.

“The Clerks tell me we’re against each other next week,” said OldSmoothie.

“So it seems,” she replied curtly.

“Yes, well.  As you might imagine, she’s not in a good way and I’m keen to settle this if we can and avoid her having to go through the ordeal of a court hearing.”

“I’m sure you are, OldSmoothie.  On a CFA by any chance?”

“Still your old charming self UpTights, I see.  Anyway, my instructions said you might have an offer for me.  No point playing games with each other at our age.  What’s your bottom line?”

“Touché OldSmoothie.  At least you’ll always be the elder.”

“So what can you come up with?  We’ve already said we’d go away for £200,000.”

“Fair enough [OldSmoothie].  You’re right.  Cutting to the chase.  The very maximum we’ll go up to is £120,000 and not a penny more.  No games remember so that’s the absolute tops.  Not a single penny more.  Understood?  Not a penny.”

“Understood.  Not a penny.  I’ll go and take instructions.”

OldSmoothie left and then returned about an hour later.

“Well UpTights.  I’ve taken instructions on your offer and it is rejected and we counter-offer with £120,000 and…”

He paused, for effect,

“…one penny.”  He smirked directly at her.

“I hope you’re joking.  I don’t believe that’s what your client would have said.”

“Funny sense of humour, my client.”

“As if.  Completely out of order.  What if I say no and your client loses the offer?”

“But you won’t UpTights.  I know you too well.  You wouldn’t want to lose face with your beloved cash cow of an insurance company over one pence.  Now, off you go and take instructions if you really need to.  You might want to get back by 3pm as my solicitors will start preparing the trial bundle and incurring even more costs after that.  Cheerio!”

Cheerio?  I thought that was just a breakfast cereal.  Anyway, as he waltzed out, UpTights was fuming as you might imagine.  She didn’t say a word to me even though she was walking round the room at a hundred miles an hour and steam might almost have been coming out of her ears.

At one minute to three, she rang OldSmoothie and fired into the phone, “Agreed OldSmoothie.  Never ever do that to me again” before slamming it back down.

January 18, 2017 · Tim Kevan · 7 Comments
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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.

January 16, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Divas

HeadofChambers improved (1)Apparently there was an opera singer dining on High Table in Gray’s Inn Hall last night.  The diva surrounded by some of the country’s most distinguished barristers and judges.

“Doesn’t open her mouth for less than £20,000 apparently,”  HeadOfChambers reported at tea this afternoon.

“She was in good company then,” OldSmoothie piped up.

January 11, 2017 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Protecting Yourself From Online Fraud in 2017

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As compensation claims from victims of online fraud continue to flood lawyers’ offices around the world, consumers are still underprepared to protect themselves from online fraud in the first place. It is much more difficult to recover a stolen identity or personal funds than it is to protect them. By understanding the evolving face of online fraud, we can make more intentional decisions about protecting what is ours.

  1. Research Current Scams. The United States government has a great resource for understanding novel internet frauds that are being perpetuated around the world at ftc.gov/scams. You can sign up for updates here and through other sources devoted to the topic. Depending on the way you use the internet, make sure you understand fraud geared toward your user demographic.
  2. Be Wary of Free Trials. Free trials for online services can often be a good deal, but if you are unfamiliar with a company and their cancellation policies, you could be on the hook for a long time to come. Make sure you understand exactly what you are signing up for and that you will be able to cancel the service at will, especially if the company has some of your financial information. If you can’t find clear reviews from other users, don’t put personal information on sites like this.
  3. Report Robocalls. Automated voice calls are illegal. If you receive one, it’s because your number is already in the records of a company that is breaking the law. Don’t engage one of these calls. Hang up and call the FTC.
  4. Use Credit Cards Instead of Debit Cards. Credit cards have consumer protection built into the service agreements. Debit cards have much less, because they are taking money directly out of your bank account when payment is issued. If your credit card number is stolen or otherwise compromised, you can get the funds restored much more quickly and easily than if they were stolen from a compromised debit card.
  5. Don’t Trust Caller ID’s and Logos. Many fraudsters create emails and phone calls that use the official logos and caller ID’s of legitimate companies. If you are contacted by a company that looks official, don’t automatically give them what they ask for. Do your research about such scams any time you receive fishy contacts from companies. It could save you incredible trouble moving forward.
  6. Be Wary of the Unexpected. Companies that handle your money are in the business of interacting with you in ways that you warranted. If you are contacted by an individual or company “out of the blue”, be suspicious of this communication. It is likely that you will be asked for personal information soon after the contact is made. It is best to cut off this communication and report it as soon as possible.

Even though there are many legal remediations for online fraud, it is much more difficult to repair than to prevent. If you want to keep online fraud out of your life for good, make the above practices part of your daily internet usage habit.

January 9, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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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.

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4 Most Important Cases when You Do Need a Lawyer

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There are thousands of bad situations one can get into. While most of them we can get away ourselves, some of them do require professional help otherwise serious consequences will follow. In this article we created a list of five cases when you need a lawyer. Of course, you may to get away of such situations yourself, but in most cases you will only lose money and time while coming to the need of professional help in the end.

Traffic Violation Charges

Car is an indispensable part of our life today. People usually try to tick to the traffic rules and regulations, however, when one is in a hurry, he or she usually does not care about the parking tickets or violation of speed limits. Exactly in such cases most people get their traffic tickets for whatever reason. But the trick here is that in most cases you can avoid paying for the ticker or will be able to stick to your driver’s license without losing it. The trick here is that only professional lawyers in Toronto know how to bring you luck. Got a traffic ticket – don’t hesitate and get help instantly.

Assault charges

No secret that assault situations and accusations are very complex. According to reviews from Mass Tsang assault lawyers company in Toronto you need to seek professional help whether you were a victim or an accused one. As a rule, there will be no possibility to handle an assault case on your own, so one anything so serious happens to you, make sure to call several assault lawyers in Toronto and set up interviews to be ready for any outcome.

Theft and Fraud Charges

With no doubt, if you got accused of theft or fraud charges you are very likely to look for professional legal help according to reviews from professional fraud and assault lawyers in Toronto. You know that serious accusations and fraud allegations can cause pretty serious and irreversible damage to your future. Even the fact that you got only accused will be a black spot on your resume. An expert lawyer will be fighting on your side to ensure that your reputation is clear and nothing will prevent you in future from getting the desired job or career.

Driving Under the Influence Charges

Driving under the influence charges are connected to you driving while being drunk or under the influence of drugs. Unfortunately, this is a very common case in modern society. However, a lot of drinking and driving lawyers explain that people get charged for driving under the influence because they simply do not understand the difference between real guilt and fictional accusations. Make sure that you learn about both for professional drinking and driving lawyers once got charged for any thing not to spend more money than you could have.

We hope that this list of complex situations will give you a hint and push for action should you ever find yourself in any of these situations.

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January 5, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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5 Tips on Finding a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

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If you’ve been injured in an accident or you have a worker’s compensation claim that you’re having difficulty with, a personal injury lawyer is something that you need to seek out. If you want to find a lawyer that will treat you properly, think about these five tips. If you follow this advice, you will get in touch with a law firm that is trustworthy, reliable, and capable of getting you the best possible settlement.

1: Check the Law Firm’s History

You need to make sure the law firm that you are considering associating with has gone to bat for its clients, but that it has done so in an honorable and consistent manner. Check with your area’s local law society to find out if there have been any complaints filed against it or if the lawyer you are considering is not in good standing. This is an important first step to take, as it will help you weed out people who would take advantage of somebody in your situation.

2: Check References and Testimonials

Even if the person who gave you a reference to the law firm that you are considering is somebody you can trust, you should make sure to do a little research for yourself. Law firm references and testimonials can be found online through both a local law society and other Internet searches. The most positive testimonials tend to go on law firm websites. To avoid causing a feedback loop, make sure to look at several different sources when seeking testimonials.

3: Match Your Needs with Their Experience

Not all personal injury lawyers are created equal. Before you commit to a law firm, make sure that you know your needs and then make sure that the lawyers you want to work with have experience in that area. For example, going with Horlick Levitt Di Lella personal injury and car accident lawyers in Toronto is a good option if you have gone through a car accident or are dealing with an insurance claim because they have experience in taking on big insurance companies.

4: Seek Out a Winner

There is something to be said for lawyers who take on the big guys even though they tend to lose, but when it comes to making sure that you get your claim, you need to choose a winner. Check out the law firm’s track record and make sure that they have a history of winning the type of cases that you need them for. Winning becomes a habit, and this habit can help you.

5: Look for Free Consultations

Most lawyers will charge you just for the privilege of speaking to them. This can cost you a lot of time and money before you land the proper lawyer. The best way to avoid these costs is to target law firms that offer free consultations. Such a practice allows you to talk plainly to a lawyer, measure the perks and flaws of the situation, and then get off on the right foot.

The tips above will help you narrow your search in a way that will benefit your case. With these tips, your search for the ideal lawyer will be much quicker.

Stewart Conner operates as a content developer for a number of online content hubs (featuring law firms similar to HLDlawyers.com Toronto injury lawyers), who sheds light on various personal injury law subjects and other legal areas alike.

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TheBusker

TheBuskerToday I looked into another courtroom and spotted TheBusker.  He always seems particularly relaxed, almost to the point of seeming a little spaced on occasion.  Today was no exception and this was exacerbated by the fact that he was against TheCreep.  Never could there have been two such different styles.  It was a building dispute and TheBusker was representing the dodgy building contractors.  TheCreep had some particularly needy clients and this was exacerbated by his own stressed out manner.  It started early on when TheCreep tried to have the argument out with TheBusker in the robing room.

“I’m going to be asking for your Defence to be struck out as it doesn’t comply with the Practice Direction.”

“No worries my friend, you can apply for what you like.”

“Yes, but do you agree that it doesn’t comply?”

“Sorry [Creep].  You’re acting as though you think I might care.”

“Yes, but how are you going to answer it?”

“Oh.  I’m sure I’ll think of something.”

The more stressed TheCreep became, the more laid back was TheBusker.  He had no notes and came across very much as if he’d only just read the papers on the train there (well, I saw him do it).  However, it was only when we got into court that I realised how he had prospered at the Bar for so long despite (or perhaps because) of his approach.

“Your Honour, the Defence fails to comply with the Practice Direction and should be struck out, plain and simple.  Unfortunately, M’Learned Friend has not provided me with an answer to this point…”  He then set it out in characteristic length for the next twenty minutes.

To which TheBusker simply got up and said, “Your Honour.  We’re not here today to argue pleading points.  We know that, you know that and I’m afraid to suggest that even M’Learned Friend might know that too.”  Without even addressing the substance of the argument he sat down and smiled at TheCreep.

The Judge then spent the next half an hour addressing all of TheCreep’s arguments before concluding in almost exactly the same terms as the submissions of TheBusker.

The same applied during the hearing.  TheCreep busily scribbling notes galore.  Occasionally shaking his head or sighing to himself somewhat loudly.  TheBusker on the other hand didn’t make a single note.  In fact he sat back in his chair with his hands behind his head for much of the hearing staring at each of the Claimant’s witnesses.  Watching how they gave their evidence.  Looking for a chink or foible in their character.  Then he’d get up and ever so gently ask them questions which didn’t even seem to be relevant but which resulted in each of them being tripped up in one form or another.  As for his closing submissions, they were again brief.

“Your Honour.  It’s clear the building work wasn’t perfect.  We’d be the first to admit to that.  In fact we’d go so far as to express our regret in that respect.  However, nor was it sufficiently imperfect to be classified as negligence.  M’Learned Friend has, quite properly I may say, made a lot of points today but, with respect, it was nitpicking.  Thankfully, Your Honour, we do not yet live in a world where nitpickers rule the roost nor where courts of law award them damages.”  After which he sat down and TheCreep’s case was done for.

Despite the fact that he’s in the same Chambers, TheCreep went off in a sulk after the case and sat in a different train carriage on the way back.

I do like TheBusker.

January 4, 2017 · Tim Kevan · 15 Comments
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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.

January 2, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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