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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The King Of Ideas To Protect Global Ideas

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In the days of yore, people had more ideas of their own and there was even an era when people would come up with innovations galore. Nonetheless, it has been discovered recently that some of these creative works of the sciences and humanities really belonged to someone else, who never really got the true credits for their efforts. Of course, there was a solution that put certain criminal activities such as plagiarism, piracy, etc. to rest. It was the idea of all ideas – a legal recourse for protecting the brainchildren of the people.

Reach a golden mean

When someone infringes the copyright laws by stealing your ideas, you stand to lose not only in terms of an alternative source of income but also another chance at fame and success after years of hard work. On the other hand, when you approach an experienced intellectual property attorney, you could reach a golden mean at court where you would be given justice in the form of adequate compensation and the party that has wronged you would have to face prison time and even fines. At the end of the day, you will be recognized for your contributions to this world – whether by adding to the pool of ideas that could improve a lot of things for people or just giving people a new lease of life.

Don’t feel vulnerable anymore

Any individual, who is a victim of the infringement of copyright, becomes vulnerable and even helpless. The first reaction of a victim is that of panic and then, he or she goes on to stop trusting people, and even becomes depressed. At times, he or she ends up losing his or her job feels humiliated, and feels that what had happened was cruel. In fact, the victim even feels like he or she did not even have a clue as to what is going to happen even though he or she formulated an excellent idea and even wonders as to how he or she missed sensing that his or her intellectual property could be stolen. Fretting will not get you anywhere but taking legal action against the assailant surely will.

Get protection for life

The Justice Leagues are finally here! No! Not the ones shown in movies but teams of lawyers across the country, who can provide some of the best legal services through their finest intellectual property attorney. Of course, you need not trust anyone in the world if you don’t want to but you can safely trust the legal eagles, who are going to fight for your cause. Nonetheless, it always pays to be on the safe side by looking up the credentials of the legal service provider you are planning to hire. After all, it would be better to know in whose hands you are putting your life’s works in. If you notice any skeletons in the closet of the lawyer, you have every right to run the other way. On the other hand, the right attorney can give you the right protection for your life’s works. Now, how is that for an idea? 

December 2, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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BabyB LPlate improvedHad the most annoying solicitor in the world on the phone today, a woman whose name can only be CheapSkate.  She’s renowned throughout chambers though her real nickname is somewhat ruder.  Anyway, CheapSkate makes a habit of preying on the baby bar and prides herself on not paying for a single advice.  The only reason she gets away with it is that the rest of her firm gives chambers a fair amount of paid work and no-one wants to upset the apple cart (or perhaps gravy train might be more accurate).  Anyway, today it was my turn,

“Good morning BabyBarista.  You couldn’t just spare a couple of minutes to look something up for me could you?  Quick freebie?”

If she thought I was that naive she had another thing coming.  That same line caused Worrier four hours of work in the library only last week.

“Actually, I’m really busy today but if you want to send the papers in the DX, I’d be happy to look at them in the next couple of days.”

Touché, though she certainly wasn’t going to fall for that little wheeze as she knew full well that once the papers got into the hands of the clerks they’d be on the books and charged appropriately.

“I could email you over the details and then perhaps we could have a chat tomorrow.”

Eventually I relented.  It’s an essential part of being a part of this chambers to have a CheapSkate story or two to share and anyway it might bring in work from the rest of her firm.  Another of the peculiar Bar Council Alice in Wonderland type rules is that whilst we can’t pay a single penny for cases there’s nothing at all to stop us providing say, a thousand pounds worth of free work.  Oh, so long as it’s not explicitly in return for work.  Which of course it isn’t.  We just do it for the love of pleasing CheapSkate.  Course we do.

Not that it’s quite so bad when you’ve got ten mini-pupils beavering away in the library on your behalf.

By the way, as I mentioned yesterday, The Times Online have now set up a group on FaceBook called The Common Law.  Do join if you’re already signed up.  Let’s make it the voice for lawyers on that most time-wasting of sites.  It’s not too common.  Honest.  Well, it might be slightly common, but, hey…  Oh, and my name on there is “babybarista blog” and you’re welcome to add me as a friend if you enjoy reading this blog.

November 30, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Things You Need to Know About Chesapeake College Admission

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Gaining an admission into Chesapeake College isn’t as difficult or competitive as you might think. Unlike other colleges, Chesapeake College makes it easy for you take charge, plan your college with ease, and stay focused on your academic goals. If you have chosen to study at this college, it means you already know that it fits your needs. However, you need to put in more effort and take advantage of the opportunities to gain admission into the college. Once you graduate, you will understand that your achievements and skills matter most.

Here are things to know if you want to gain an admission into Chesapeake College:

Apply Online

The college allows an online college application or you could download the application and mail it to the school mailing address. You could also visit the college admission office to request an application form.

Take a college placement test

If you are interested in a degree or certificate course, you need to take the college placement test, which is also known as Accuplacer test before enrolling in the college. The test is free of charge and no appointment is required for the test.  You can contact the college testing center for testing days and procedures. Take advantage of this test to know where you fit into or the course to study at the college.

Seek Academic counseling

After taking the test, you should seek academic counseling with the college advisors. This will help you decide on which course to study. At Chesapeake, college advisors are a great resource. You can discuss your plans with them and ask for help and advice. Most advisors may advise you to pursue what you love if you did well in the test. This means that your academic strength matters too.

Explore the scholarship and financial aid options

You may have additional costs to pay for at the college, therefore you need to explore the financial aid options that will make it easy for you to study without worrying about tuition and other fees. Chesapeake College has a variety of scholarship and financial aid options to help you. If you apply for financial aid, you may receive some kind of assistance through loans, scholarship or grants. This will help to reduce the actual cost you will pay for tuition and other fees. This also means that you can pay less to get a quality education and a degree at Chesapeake College.

Pay Tuition & fee

If you are eligible, you are required to register for classes, then you can go ahead and make payment. You can pay your tuition and fee during registration. There is a deferred tuition payment plan for students whose fee exceed $277.50. Payment can be made online, by mail or in person. 

Chesapeake College is looking for students who will make most of the opportunities offered by the college and their talents. Make sure you attend your classes, study hard and get all the academic support you need to achieve your goals in life.

November 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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A Closer Look at the Benefits of Hiring the Best Car Accident Lawyer

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The automobile industry is booming. With an increasing number of cars, road accidents have become quite common. Hence, in the midst of so many law-breaking events and unfortunate car accidents, the hiring a car accident lawyer becoming widespread as many people are now aware that they play a crucial role in helping accident victims. 

Who are car accident lawyers?

Car accident lawyers are professionals who assist people in filing complaints against insurance companies in the event of a car accident. They help the offenders or car accident victims to understand the legal and practical aspects of personal injury law and what the accident claims.  Immediately after meeting with an accident and being a victim, it is very important to contact a dexterous accident lawyer as soon as possible so as to secure the highest remuneration that an accident victim is subjected to, for his injury and mental trauma.

What qualities to look for in a skillful car accident lawyer?

In the event of fatal car accidents, lawyers play a crucial role. Whether you are a victim or an offender, you must look for few qualities in a lawyer before hiring their efficient services and some of them are as follows:

    He should possess an adequate knowledge in Injury law.

    He should be well aware of the rights of the victim, the grievousness of the accident and how much amount should be claimed as recompense.

    He should be well-experienced and extremely skillful in his job.

    He should not only be adept in dealing with car accident cases but also in relevant cases.

    Experienced and matured car accident lawyers will know all possible ways to defend victims against insurance companies, so choose a lawyer who flaunts a record of a maximum number of wins.

The pivotal role of lawyers in the event of Car Accidents

In case of fatal car accidents, according to the law, offenders may be severely charged. Hence, to reduce or avoid the penalties, car accident lawyers are hired from the offender’s side too, besides victims. When they are representing the side of the offenders, these legal professionals have to try their level best to avoid or reduce the charges or penalties charged by the court. They may also have to defend a lawsuit if the situation demands.

In case of accidents and unforeseen mishaps, the damages to property and personal lives can be pretty massive. Hence a lot of legal issues might also crop up, which have to be handled efficiently and with ease by the veteran car accident lawyers. From dealing with insurance companies to advising on the legal aspects, a lawyer is capable of handling such complicated situations within his legal periphery. Hence, from all this, you can understand how much important it is to hire the best legal professional so that the legal rights of the parties are handled in the best way possible.

In a nutshell, a good lawyer can bring in a smile on the face of the parties, even in the most gruesome conditions with his quick wit and substantial knowledge on matters of all legal essentials.

November 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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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

November 28, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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