Large chunks of the new Marks and Spencer’s Christmas ad, which debuted on TV last night, were filmed in Middle Temple… The ad sees a young woman, who we can only assume is a barrister, journey from the heart of legal London to a magical kingdom after she falls down a manhole on Middle Temple… Read more »
Fans of Made in Chelsea will be familiar with Tim Taylor QC (pictured above). The solicitor-advocate at newly-merged King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin famously appeared in series three of the hit reality show when son Hugo — one of Made in Chelsea‘s lead characters until he quit last year — went to visit him… Read more »
Since Lorde’s number one hit ‘Royals’ stormed the charts last month, it has inspired a host of parodies — drawing upon themes spanning from clowns to puppies…and now lawyers. The ‘Royals Legal Parody’ video, by the New Zealand law students behind the viral parodies of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ and Akon’s ‘Smack That’, has already… Read more »
The law students behind the viral parody of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines have made a new video that pokes fun at their fellow legal hopefuls’ obsession with photo messaging app Snapchat… The video (see below), which is inspired by Akon ‘s chart topping hit ‘Smack That’, features the catchy chorus: “Snapchat, A selfie whore, Snapchat,… Read more »
Above: from left to right — Mark Lewis, PJ Kirby QC, Jeremy Hopkins, Nicky Richmond, Matthew Ryder QC, Sean Jones QC and Nigel Hewitson. Last week seven contributors to the ‘If I knew’ series joined Legal Cheek‘s Kevin Poulter to spend an evening sharing their wisdom with 80 wannabe lawyers. The video of the event… Read more »
Dave Rowntree, the former Blur drummer who recently qualified as a solicitor at Kingsley Napley, has re-issued an apology for bullying a journalist while under the influence of cocaine during his rockstar days. The newly qualified criminal law specialist was moved to repeat a 2011 apology for the incident — which occurred back in 2003… Read more »
From a recently-filed document in Frazier v Honeywell Pension and Savings Plan… The howler, which was picked up by US legal blog Above the Law overnight, recalls this classic Curb Your Enthusiasm clip — hat tip to Joe Patrice. For more legal misspellings, Nigel Poole QC has compiled a list of memorable mistakes.
By bringing in international ad agency M&C Saatchi to market its services to the public, personal injury giant Slater & Gordon has flouted law firms’ tradition of making their own endearingly unprofessional ads. Here are ten of the worst… Bethnal Green’s finest, Malik Law Chambers, has won cult status on YouTube with their, er, imaginative,… Read more »
Last year Mike Lickver celebrated getting a foot on the ladder at a top Canadian law firm by releasing an expensively-produced rap on YouTube about the process of becoming a lawyer. Things then went quiet as Lickver got his head down and settled into life at Toronto’s Bennett Jones — disappointing dozens of fans. Excitingly… Read more »
As universities return for autumn, beware, lecturers, of the smartphone-wielding student with video-editing skills. And, in this age of limited privacy, beware too of your identity subsequently being revealed on Twitter after you have become a YouTube hit. Exeter University confirmed to Legal Cheek this morning the accuracy of the above tweet. Professor James Devenney… Read more »
A Clifford Chance trainee is in serious trouble after he was filmed boasting about his job in a series of short interviews with drunk revellers by Oxford University student newspaper Cherwell. The video sees the trainee profess his love of being a “City lad” before defining “ladness” as “just basically fucking people over for money”…. Read more »
A senior Mexican judge is facing possible impeachment after he attacked fellow judges during a televised hearing last week. A video of the incident has since appeared on YouTube… Morelos state appeals court head Miguel Angel Falcon took the extraordinary decision to resort to violence after being angered by comments made by one of his… Read more »
A video of former Allen & Overy partner Tony Humphrey reading hard core porn out loud — as part of the sexual harassment case brought against the firm by former associate Deidre Dare — was placed on YouTube yesterday… The clip was live for several hours before being removed around 5pm. It was filmed two… Read more »
A furious US judge increased a defendant’s contempt of court sentence seven times as she argued with him during a video arraignment earlier this month. A clip of the extraordinary bust-up has since found its way onto YouTube… The defendant, Ebony Burks, initially committed contempt of court after refusing to comply with a non-contact order… Read more »
Comedy blog Slacktory has put together a compilation video of rappers reflecting proudly on their lawyers. The twist? The rappers’ apparent enthusiasm for Jewish lawyers over members of the legal profession of other faiths. As the clip documents, it is a preference which has regularly been celebrated in song.
A police officer in Italy’s supreme court has achieved global YouTube fame after being caught dancing on CCTV as he waited for judges to deliver the verdict in Silvio Berluconi’s trial (which saw the ex-Italian Prime Minister’s conviction for tax fraud upheld). In the footage from last Thursday, the officer appears to be doing moves… Read more »
YouTube is a tricky medium to get right. Still, full marks to 33 Bedford Row’s Lawrence Jones for effort… Here is a recently-uploaded video of the commercial law barrister set to a poignant piano tune — which, while moving, does seem rather more funereal than was perhaps intended (happily, Jones is still with us). And… Read more »
Viral video website site Break.com released footage over the weekend of what may well be the worst attempt at personal injury fraud in history… Heavily-indebted law students with a penchant for the law of tort, we don’t recommend that you try this at home.
Human rights barrister Barbara Hewson’s decision to write an article for Spiked magazine arguing, amongst other things, that the age of consent should be lowered to 13 caused outrage when it was published in May. As will, in all likelihood, Hewson’s appearance on Channel 4 News last night where she defended the piece for the… Read more »
Ex-Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins reckons that the legal profession is an area of life that is free from working class names. “Well the lawyers I work with, I can’t think of a single Charmaine, nor a Kylie,” said Hopkins on ITV’s This Morning, having revealed that she won’t let her kids play with children with… Read more »
When, yesterday, the prosecuting lawyer in the high profile Zimmerman trial called witness Scott Pleasants to testify via Skype, it seemed an impressive example of the legal profession embracing technology. But with the proceedings being televised live across the US, and Pleasants’ Skype name visible on TV, it quickly emerged that a grave mistake had… Read more »
A pupillage-less Bar graduate who made millions of pounds selling essays to students has launched a new service to help rich clients find happiness by spending time with him. LearnBliss.com, which endeavours to “remove suffering” via the attainment of “bliss”, sees Gray’s Inn member Barclay Littlewood (pictured) charge himself out at an incredible £6,000 per… Read more »
Judge accepts testimony from Michael Jackson’s “ghost” in court [Now] Moral Maze: Pornography and the Internet, featuring “Obscenity Lawyer” Myles Jackman [BBC Radio 4] Ex-Man City star to train as a lawyer [Manchester Evening News] Road rage leads to ridiculous physical fight between lawyer and retired policeman [Jalopnik] Incredibly glamorous Russian lawyer makes “Carine Patry… Read more »
Durham University law students’ attempt to tell the gender of a judge on the basis of their judgment alone has yielded a success rate of just 46%. The experiment — a legal version, if you will, of the famous Pepsi Challenge (a blind Pepsi v Coke taste test) — was conducted following prompting by Supreme Court President… Read more »
Note to law students: avoid becoming carried away by a newfound knowledge of “your rights” in a way that leads you to storm into a branch of Dunkin’ Donuts, confront its employees for failing to provide you with a receipt, then racially abuse them in the most extreme and unpleasant terms. And if for any… Read more »
The news that a criminal defence solicitor had quit law to become a busker caused a storm on Twitter last week, with the Guardian’s Comment is free account even tweeting a reaction to the story. This is actually a nice story RT @legalcheek: Legal aid solicitor quits law to become a busker: bit.ly/13l59Ef — Comment… Read more »
American football star Chad Johnson looked set to receive a community service order for a probation violation in a domestic violence case, following an agreement with prosecutors. Then, as he stood in court yesterday, Johnson decided to give his lawyer an appreciative slap on the bum – and was sentenced to 30 days in jail… Read more »
They got all dressed up, posed for clever pictures and were joined in such numbers that they halted traffic outside the MoJ – filling Twitter with their tweets and photos. Surely, then, this was the moment that the legal profession’s increasingly ubiquitous #SaveUKJustice hashtag would trend on Twitter? Well, it might have been, if the… Read more »
New York lawyer Stephanie Hendricks (pictured) had quite an evening on Saturday. After a heavy drinking session with pals, the sole practitioner at Hendricks Law Firm stripped from the waist down and lunged at police, before throwing her knickers at them. The 39 year-old had apparently previously done a runner from a cab, reports the… Read more »
Justice secretary Chris Grayling has become the latest victim of the Downfall meme, in which parody subtitles are superimposed on ‘Downfall’, the film about Hitler’s final days. In the first clip, Grayling is given the role of Hitler, bawling out officials after “bloody lawyers” threaten to derail his legal aid reform proposals. “Maybe I could… Read more »
Some poetry from self-styled “People’s Lawyer and the People’s Poet” David Neita popped up on YouTube the other day. In the clip, Bar graduate Neita – whose decision last year to appear on the BBC as a “barrister” despite never having done a pupillage generated some interesting debate – asks bemused commuters why they are in… Read more »
Bristol University lecturer Steven Vaughan has drawn on his own past failures to compile this excellent guide about how to prepare for law exams (featuring Destiny’s Child).
“Why did you even say that?” whispers troubled star Lindsay Lohan accusingly to her lawyer, Mark Heller, in her latest court appearance on Monday. “Don’t say anything else,” she continues, in the style of the back seat driver from hell, before adding charmingly: “Oh my god, I’ll kill you.” The video – courtesy of TMZ – is… Read more »
At a time when the legal services market is “going through the most tremendous upheaval that it has ever experienced”, Cambridge University management fellow Tim Bellis has come up with an interesting theory. He reckons corporate law firms may have to start hiring B-list graduates with a glass-half-full attitude in order to stay competitive… Bellis’… Read more »
Last week we detailed how several universities and law schools had recorded their own versions of the Harlem Shake, the latest viral video sensation (pictured below). Surely it was a matter of time, we forecast, before some solicitors and barristers got in on the action… And so it proved, as on Friday Burnley-based law firm… Read more »
How many of the films can you name in this freshly-posted law film medley from Bloomberg Law?
News came through overnight on Twitter that rapper Busta Rhymes closed yesterday’s American Association For Justice (AAJ) conference. And sure enough this morning on YouTube was a freshly-posted video of Rhymes – whose nickname ‘Busted’ is a tribute to his extensive experience of the judicial process – serenading lawyers at said event… “Any old lawyers? Any old… Read more »
Mike Shipwash (aka ‘Lawyer Mike’) is an American sole practitioner specialising in personal injury law, who over the last few years has wowed YouTube with a series of R&B-infused raps. With their terrible lyrics (“rain: that sweet precipitation coming down from the skies, it’s like a nectar”) and cheesy videos, the tracks have developed a cult… Read more »
When Southampton University law student Tommy Chuang posted his brilliant ‘Lawyer Style’ video on YouTube last month, we billed it as the first legal Gangnam Style parody. But it turns out that the Korean Bar Association narrowly beat Chuang to this honour with its surreal ‘Lawyers Gangnam Style’ video, released three days earlier on 7… Read more »
Dear Auntie Em, Since the Labour Party conference earlier this month, my husband has been demanding that I “tidy myself up”. He seems to have been heavily influenced by the recent transformation of 39 Essex Street barrister Justine Thornton (Ed Miliband’s wife) and is very keen for me to live up to what he terms… Read more »