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Law students release legal parody of Lorde’s number 1 hit ‘Royals’

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 »

Legal typo of the week

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.

10 law firm ads that are so bad they’re good

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 »

Exeter University confirms that it was one of its professors who had his law lecture remixed

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 »

Video: Judge punches judge in Mexican courtroom brawl

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 »

‘F*ck you!’ — ‘that’s 300 days!’: Judge keeps upping insolent defendant’s contempt of court sentence as insults spew forth

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 »

Are there really no lawyers called Charmaine or Kylie?

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 »

Non-practising barrister behind controversial essay writing company rebrands as self-help guru

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 »

Morning round-up: Thursday 20 June

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 »

Judicial ‘Pepsi Challenge’ fails as law students are unable to identify judges’ gender from their anonymised rulings

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 »

Wannabe lawyer in vile Dunkin’ Donuts rant

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 »

Video: The moment a drunk lawyer strips from waist down and lunges at police after apparently running away from a cab without paying

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 »

Video: the Downfall of Chris Grayling

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 »

Alternative Careers For Law Grads: Busker

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 »

Video: Lindsay Lohan Isn’t Very Nice To Her Lawyer At All

“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 »

Cambridge Academic: Corporate Law Firms Need Less Top Graduates And More Loyal Grafters With Low Ambitions

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 »

Has There Ever Been A More Unlikely Legal Conference Attendee Than Busta Rhymes?

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 »

Practising Lawyer With Sideline As A Rapper Releases New Single – And It’s Just As Awful As His Previous Efforts

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 »

REVEALED: The Original South Korean ‘Lawyers Gangnam Style’ Video

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 »