As you'd expect, Myles Jackman – aka "Obscenity Lawyer" – has some great stories. My personal favourite is the one about a man he represented who had the largest collection of porn ever found in the country – including objects so unwieldy that they required the police to use six six-foot high pallets when confiscating them.
My careers guidance went something like this, writes Silverman Sherliker partner Jennie Kreser in the latest post in the 'If I knew then what I know now' series...
Adviser: Ah, I see you're doing science A-levels...I expect you want to be a nurse.
Adviser: Oh dear, well I'm not sure there's anything else I can suggest.
Top judge reprimanded for copying his ruling "word for word" from one side in £1.8m court case [Mail Online]
How does copyright work in space? [The Economist]
Law firm layoffs mount up as top 50 job cuts reach 750 over past year [Legal Week]
McAlpine v Bercow judgment on whether her tweet was defamatory to be handed down today at 10:30am [David Allen Green on Twitter]
Referral of the week [Twitter]
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2013
Unanimous: profession votes for "training days" action in protest over cuts [Law Society Gazette]
Judge in trouble for telling female lawyers they’d soon don bikinis and get in a mud bath [The Times of Israel]
Joshua Rozenberg: Flaws in fraud case show worrying lapses by judges and lawyers [The Guardian]
Withers and Speechly Bircham call off merger after top-level talks [Legal Week]
How do you become a barristers’ clerk? [notabarrister]
Fury over sex gang victim, 18, who had to endure 12 days of excruciating cross-examination in trial that shamed the legal system [Mail Online]
PM's Woolwich terror attack statement [YouTube]
Cameron praised for respecting Rule of Law [Twitter]
Impressed by Cameron's restrained response to attack. Blair would have torn up Magna Carta by now
— Nick Cohen (@NickCohen4) May 23, 2013
The privatisation of legal proceedings in the US has led to untold miscarriages of justice – and now it's coming to a town near you [The Independent]
Some have lampooned Chris Grayling for his lack of a legal qualification. Others have sought to undermine him with cruel nicknames, such as Failing Grayling – from which a Twitter account has been spawned. Rather cruelly, said Twitter account recently drew attention to the Justice Secretary's likeness to a "dead eyed wet fish" – a reference, of course, to the Grayling fish (pictured below).
Continuing in that vein, here are five further animals that, arguably, closely resemble Chris Grayling.
#apprentice the welsh Alex has a face like a barrister with a crab up his arse
— bob mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) May 22, 2013
Barrister quizzes Google chief Eric Schmidt on his tax affairs at Google Big Tent [The Guardian]
Guildford Four member: "Back in the 1970s they sent innocent people to jail by the vanload. But if these cuts go through they’ll be sending them in by the Eddie Stobart truckload" [Socialist Worker]
Britain could end up in the dock at a European court if Bermuda fails to bring its human rights law up to date [Bermuda Sun]
Forget ABSs – AI, touchable holographs and telepresence robots "will transform the law" [Legal Futures]
Judges give reasons for rejecting Bali Briton's appeal [The Guardian]
Boris's sexual shenanigans and a landmark victory over our creeping culture of Stalinist secrecy [Daily Mail]
Legal aid budget protests: 8 reasons to back lawyers' campaign [The Mirror]
Police refused to help lawyer track down "stolen" iPad [Birmingham Mail]
I’m smart, fun, and a lawyer – you’d never guess I’m also a sociopath [The Times]
Training contract numbers fall to lowest level since 1998 [The Lawyer]
Lawyers protest outside parliament against legal aid cuts [The Guardian]
The worst LLM programmes in the world [Above the Law]
This morning's demonstration against the government's legal aid proposals saw 500 plus lawyers take to the streets around parliament – and fill Twitter with loads of photos. The best ones are below...
The profession which I am to join in September as a pupil barrister is facing its biggest threat yet. No question about that. That is why today's protest outside parliament is so necessary. I am only sorry that I cannot be there, writes OccupyTheInns.
I must admit that I am finding Australia, where I am recharging my batteries following a period of travel and human rights work, rather difficult to enjoy.
If the truth be told, my mind is elsewhere, far from the fine beaches and abundant wildlife. Barely a day goes by without me checking for news on the situation at home. It is no understatement to say that I am deeply concerned about the assault on legal aid and the impact it will have not just on my future in criminal law, but on justice itself.
Fortunately, my chambers is a good one, sure to push on despite whatever missiles this clown of a non-lawyer Lord Chancellor propels at it from his bunker of ignorance. For this reason I am assured of my short term. Pupillage and the first years as a junior tenant are probably secure. However, beyond that the picture becomes unclear.
Britain's unusual and antiquated distinction between barristers and solicitors ought not be sacrosanct [The Guardian]
Baker & Mckenzie lawyer booted from Russia for (allegedly) refusing to serve as Kremlin spy [Wired]
Exhibit D – the "fraudster" [A Barrister's Wife]
Newly qualified Kingsley Napley solicitor voices legal aid concerns [BBC 5 Live on Twitter]
Blur drummer and lawyer Dave Rowntree tells us government changes to legal aid make miscarriages of justice inevitable
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) May 22, 2013
London Legal Walk raises over £575,000 for free legal advice [UK Fundraising]
Jail warning after injury claim man seen at rugby training [BBC News]
Young vs Young... a new twist in the capital’s most bitter divorce battle [Evening Standard]
Barrister's wife: four reasons why the legal aid reforms need to be stopped [New Statesman]
Justice Grayling-style: an imagined conversation that could become all too real, all too soon [A view from the North]
Lawyers rally to fight legal aid cuts [Manchester Evening News]
Is family law next? [Twitter]
— Zoe Saunders (@ZASaunders) May 20, 2013
Top destinations for expat lawyers ranked [Legal Week]
Jerry Hayes: Why gay marriage vote is groundhog day for the Tories [Comment is free]
11 reasons you’re wrong to hate Clapham [Buzzfeed]
The Court of Appeal’s recent judgement in AAA (by her litigation friend BBB) v Associated Newspapers Limited regarding the paternity of a child born out of wedlock to someone "in high public office" is supposedly anonymised...
Tumblr, the home of the animated gif and the LOLcat, is suddenly everywhere following its reported $1.1 billion acquisition by Yahoo. With its reputation for frivolousness, the site has largely been overlooked in favour of WordPress by lawyers in search of a blogging platform. But Tumblr has proved popular with a certain breed of disillusioned law student...
One of the happy side effects of the #SaveUKJustice campaign is that it has allowed lawyers to showcase their creative sides. The results have often been surreal: from a trainer-wearing Lady Justice (courtesy of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Group) to doctored images of badgers, 80s TV puppets and Simon Cowell...