Posts By: The Law Horse

‘I won’t be working for a corporation that views defendants as tongue-and-rectum sausage pate to be stuffed through the machine’

A rookie criminal barrister contemplates an uncertain future… The spirit of Thatcherism looms large over much that this government does; the divide and conquer strategy evident in Mr Grayling’s unsubtle approaches to the Bar. Dividing the public from the legal profession with disingenuous claims of gold plated pay. Dividing criminal solicitors from criminal barristers, first… Read more »

A Shaft Of Light At The Junior Criminal Bar? Why New Advocacy Assessment Regime Could Be An Opportunity For Baby Barristers

As the Quality Assurance Scheme For Advocates (QASA) consultation rumbles on, the latest concern is that the new regime could see clients wrongly advised to plead guilty – a result of the new rules allowing inexperienced advocates to appear at preliminary hearings in the Crown Court. To an extent, this already happens. A junior advocate once… Read more »

Five Ways To Solve The Pupillage Crisis

The chairman of the Bar Council was recently reported in the Evening Standard saying that there are not enough pupillages for those trying to enter the Bar. This is not new, but that is not to say that it should not be news, writes The Law Horse. Every BPTC student gambles tens of thousands of… Read more »

Legal Profession Is ‘Bedazzled By The Legend Of London’

In reality, the capital’s lawyers are no better than their regional counterparts, says The Law Horse A discussion on the #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast (24 February 2011) may have caught your ear. It caught mine. At 21:17 of the podcast, Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge stumbled into specious territory: “If you want to talk about the hierarchies… Read more »

‘Solicitor Advocates Are Destroying The Junior Bar’

If advocacy is your calling, don’t try to force the creation of a single, merged profession – join the Bar, urges anonymous barrister The Law Horse It is easy to be magnanimous when you are winning. Two weeks ago, Julian Young fired a calculated broadside in The Guardian at the Bar’s attitude towards solicitor advocates,… Read more »