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 ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Weekend video: Movie Trailer – To Kill A Mockingbird 1962

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Book recommendation: 21st Century Solicitor: How to Make a Real Impact as a Junior Commercial Lawyer by Steve Weiner

This might be news: success as a twenty-first century solicitor is not dependent on your technical aptitude alone. Sorry. As well as the basic requirements of understanding and applying the law superbly, you are also now expected to master a whole suite of so-called soft skills — communicating empathetically, acting commercially, writing carefully, presenting brilliantly, networking sensibly and building relationships enthusiastically. These skills might be called soft by our industry, but the reality is that they are both incredibly hard and vitally important — especially as a junior commercial lawyer keen to make a likeable, professional, commercial and lasting positive impression on those in control of your embryonic career. Written by a lawyer with unique experience as a commercial practitioner, trainer and law-firm voyeur, this no-nonsense how to guide is an honest, punchy and modern look at all the skills you don t get taught at law school, yet are absolutely critical to achieving success from day one of your life as a twenty-first century solicitor.

Available from Amazon.

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I’m appealing

UpTights was against OldSmoothie today and his pupil reported what happened later in the day. When she turned up, she looked more uneasy than usual.

‘I’ve started a new diet,’ she said somewhat defensively as she approached. ‘Four hundred calories a day all taken as liquid.’

As she got closer the reason for this introduction became clear. ‘Woah, you could strip paint with that breath,’ said OldSmoothie.

‘Yes, er, well,’ said UpTights. ‘I don’t think there’s anything more to discuss.’ With which she turned on her heel.

OldSmoothie then turned to his pupil and said, ‘Go and tell the usher that UpTights has suggested we use the small courtroom given that this is only an interlocutory hearing.’ He smiled smugly and waved over at UpTights.

Well, the first thing you should know about courtrooms is that there’s no air-conditioning. What’s more, the small side rooms tend to be tiny and er, somewhat intimate. So when we were ushered through, UpTights looked distinctly worried and it turned out with good reason.

Once the judge got a whiff the hearing was cut short with a very quick finding against UpTights’ case. As they were all leaving the courtroom, UpTights said somewhat sulkily: ‘Anyway, I’m appealing.’

‘On today of all days,’ came the reply, ‘that statement really couldn’t be further from the truth.’

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

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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 ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Weekend video: John Mortimer talks to Ludovic Kennedy – Portait – BBC

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Book recommendation: Sober as a Judge (Roger Thursby) by Henry Cecil

Roger Thursby, the hero of Brothers in Law and Friends at Court, continues his career as a High Court judge. He presides over a series of unusual cases, including a professional debtor and an action about a consignment of oranges which turned to juice before delivery. There is a delightful succession of eccentric witnesses as the reader views proceedings from the bench.

Available from Amazon.

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Handling the client

I don’t know what it is about family law barristers but there’s a large number that seem to take the whole thing extremely personally. I say that after having had to endure such a case this morning. As I sat flicking through my papers in the robing room, the peace and tranquility was suddenly interrupted by what felt like a human whirlwind.

It was a male barrister about the same age as me and he rushed in with an air of great urgency and self-importance. Given that there were only two others in the room, it was then more than a little odd for him to shout out,

‘Who is the barrister representing Mrs Smith in the divorce hearing today?’

I indicated that it was me. ‘I think everything’s agreed,’ I said.

‘Far from it,’ he said. ‘I’m not at all happy about giving you all that money and I’m going to tell the judge in no uncertain terms.’

‘You mean your client’s not happy about giving my client all that money,’ I corrected before adding, ‘Have you seen the consent order?’

‘Of course I have,’ he said dismissively. ‘But it isn’t going to stop me telling the judge what for.’

Which is exactly what he did, much to the consternation of the judge who generally deals with personal injury cases and interrupted him with,

‘I don’t know where you usually practise but let me tell you very clearly that I don’t appreciate grandstanding in this court. All the more so when it has no purpose other than to vent the feelings of your angry client. Remember, it is your job to control the client just as it is my job to control you.’

There was silence followed by a, ‘but…’ which went no further after the judge looked at him and raised his eyebrow as if disciplining a young pup.

The barrister sat down and his client started poking him angrily in the back.
‘And may I add,’ said the judge. ‘That if your client isn’t happy with your performance that you might consider the point that you reap what you sow. Always keep a professional distance and never get emotionally involved with a case however much you might think it helps at the time.’

Another ‘but…’ followed and an even sterner looking eyebrow shut him up before the judge rubber-stamped the order and pointed towards the door.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

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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 ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Weekend video: Lee Child: “A Wanted Man” & “One Shot”, Authors at Google

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