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: Albert Einstein- How I See the World

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Book recommendation: Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer

Horace Rumpole – cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients – often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold, accused of murdering his father and his father’s friend with a German officer’s gun. And how the inexperienced young brief was left alone to pursue the path of justice, in a case that was to echo through the Bailey for years to come. John Mortimer’s hilarious Rumpole, which fans of Sherlock Holmes and P.G. Wodehouse will love, sees the magician of the Old Bailey at his unpredictable and brilliant best.

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Blustering buffoons

‘One of the great advantages of being a barrister is that it’s almost completely unaccountable to the people who employ you in the first few formative years of practisc.’ It was OldSmoothie lecturing one of the new pupils.

‘Formative in the sense of making mistakes off the backs of others,’ said HeadofChambers.

The pupil looked a little taken aback and BusyBody stepped in to explain.

‘Solicitors, you see, are simply too expensive to be dealing with the smaller level of claims and hence the need to instruct the baby Bar.’ As if that somehow made it better.

‘But the irony of all this,’ said OldSmoothie, ‘is that going down in flames on behalf of a client often causes more gratitude to be fed back to the all-important solicitor than ever a clinically brilliant display of advocacy leading to a victory might bring.’

‘Like you’d know what that is OldSmoothie,’ said UpTights.

He ignored her and continued, ‘Which of course means that the system therefore encourages the success of the over-confident, grandstanding losers in the early years.’

UpTights raised an eyebrow but resisted the temptation to comment.

‘Until that is the cases get bigger,’ said OldSmoothie, ‘and solicitors can justify coming along to watch. It’s only then that they realise quite what monsters they’ve been feeding.’

‘I was against just one of those today as it happens,’ said TheVamp. ‘The problem is that inexperienced counsel come in front of inexperienced district judges and it’s quite literally the blind leading the blind. The more he emphasised his terrible points with “It’s obvious, Sir” the more the district judge seemed to agree with him and whenever he buried his head in his hands muttering ‘Complete rubbish’ the judge simple frowned at me.’

‘Truly a meeting of minds,’ chuckled TheBusker.

‘That might going a little far,’ smiled TheVamp. ‘But a meeting of some sort at least.’

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: Tom Hodgkinson ‘The Idle Parent’ at Young Minds 2012

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Book recommendation: Just Law by Helena Kennedy QC

Acute, questioning, humane and passionately concerned for justice, Helena Kennedy is one of the most powerful voices in legal circles in Britain today. Here she roundly challenges the record of modern governments over the fundamental values of equality, fairness and respect for human dignity. She argues that in the last twenty years we have seen a steady erosion of civil liberties, culminating today in extraordinary legislation, which undermines long established freedoms. Are these moves a crude political response to demands for law and order? Or is the relationship between citizens and the state being covertly reframed and redefined?

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Crying wolf

OldSmoothie was moaning about insurance companies today. ‘There’s one out there at the moment which is haemorrhaging losses so fast that it’s pretty much gone into meltdown. Simply stopped paying any claims and spuriously claiming that they’re investigating the possibility of fraud on each one.’

‘Can they get away with that?’ I asked.

‘It’ll probably buy them about three months. After that, word will get around about them crying wolf and judges will just stop believing them even when the cases really are fraudulent.’

‘But don’t you need some evidence to be arguing fraud?’

‘Now you’re talking, BabyB,’ he smiled. ‘That’s where the fun starts. You see they’ve instructed UpTights to try and filibuster their files at court and although she’s not actually making any positive allegations of fraud, we’re still going to go after her personally for the costs wasted by these delays. Should certainly add a little spice to the next few months.’

‘What does UpTights think of that?’

‘We both know she’s usually so cautious she wouldn’t even break wind without passing it by the Bar Standards. But the problem for her is that this particular insurer pays about three quarters of her fees and if she doesn’t play along they’ll dump her in an instant.’

‘Ouch.’

‘Exactly so. Particularly when she’ll also be worried that if the insurer ends up going bust, she could lose the last two years of her earnings that they still owe her.’

‘Completely trapped.’

‘Don’t you just love it, BabyB. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning and skipping to work filled with a spirit of goodwill to all.’

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: Interview with Lord Bingham, Part 1 of 4

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