Journalists

Top Ten Funniest #Leveson Tweets

Amid the Twitter storm of earnest pontification which greeted the publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s report into media ethics today, there were thankfully a handful of tweets offering some light relief…

Interview: How To Become a Legal Commentator

Last Thursday, for the first time in ages, I bought a copy of The Times. Its law supplement – which just a few years ago was seen as the definitive source of UK legal news – looked forlorn, populated with stories covered earlier, and in more depth, by the growing band of hybrid lawyer-journo bloggers… Read more »

For The Millionth Time, It’s MiddlesBROUGH! – London Lawyer Named And Shamed By Two Local Newspapers For Spelling Town’s Name Wrong

Adam Chapman, the head of public law at top London firm Kingsley Napley, has found himself at the centre of a storm for spelling ‘Middlesbrough’ wrong in a court document. Chapman (pictured above) misspelled the proud town’s name in a judicial review claim form submitted to the High Court on behalf of his client, Cleveland… Read more »

DLA Piper’s ‘Journalist Awards’: One Suspension Of Disbelief Too Far?

Interesting, but hardly surprising, to note that the winners of last month’s DLA Piper ‘Journalist Awards’ have all contributed favourable pieces of editorial about the firm to their respective publications. DLA’s ‘Business Journalist of the Year’, Ian King of The Times, co-authored ‘How did business weather the economic winter? (£)’, featuring some nice quotes delivered… Read more »

Taking The Piss Out Of Judges To Be Legalised

At Legal Cheek, we enjoy taking the piss out of judges. Especially when they appear on MasterChef as hard-to-please amateur food critics. Or when they slam each other for appearing on MasterChef. Or when they plaster themselves in blue eye make-up. Or storm out of court following a conviction under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Or… Read more »

The Hazards Of Law Blogging When You’re Married To Boris

On Thursday, 1 Crown Office Row barrister Marina Wheeler wrote a post for the UK Human Rights Blog in which she suggested that some temporary protest camps in Parliament Square may not be illegal. An interesting but pretty niche piece of legal news, you might think. However, add in the fact that Wheeler’s husband, Boris… Read more »

Berwin Leighton Paisner Trainee Posed as Evening Standard Journalist To Obtain Info In Olympics Dispute, Say Protesters

A trainee solicitor at Berwin Leighton Paisner has been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) by ‘Save Leyton Marshes’ protesters who claim that he posed as an Evening Standard journalist to obtain information from them. Stuart Stock, who is part of the Berwin Leighton Paisner team acting for the Olympic Development Authority (ODA), is alleged… Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable: Orwell Prize Shortlisted Law Blogger Milly Bancroft On The Rise Of The New Media Set

On Tuesday, legal blogger Amanda “Milly” Bancroft found out, via Twitter, that she’d made the shortlist for the prestigious Orwell Prize For Blogging as she sat watching a panel of top journalists discuss the future of law reporting at a Halsbury’s Law Exchange debate. At which point, Bancroft roared: “Get in!” Then, like a legal… Read more »

Radio 4 Legal Show ‘Law in Action’ Hit By BBC Cuts

Law in Action, the long-running Radio 4 legal programme, is to have its funding scaled back as part of a £500,000 cost-saving at the BBC. The show’s normal schedule – which sees 12 episodes broadcast a year – will continue until at least 2013. From then it had been suggested that fewer episodes will be… Read more »

David ‘Scrap The QC System’ Wolfe QC Is STILL Fuming

Rule one of PR: you can’t shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. Unfortunately, nobody told this to Matrix Chambers’ newly appointed silk David Wolfe QC. Wolfe’s PR troubles began on 2 March, just after the QC awards were made, when Ashurst partner Piers Warburton posted onto his website a story about the… Read more »

The Perils Of Interviewing Lawyers

Lawyers’ aversion to risk makes them awful to interview. Attempt to challenge this rule of nature by harassing them into saying something interesting, and bad things happen – as Canadian TV reporter Kent Molgat found out last week when pursuing this un-named lawyer. Who is the lawyer? If you have any ideas, please let us… Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable: Are Legal Bloggers Real Journalists?

Still reeling from the shock of not being included in The Independent‘s Twitter 100 list, top employment lawyer Kevin Poulter is consoled by Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge and journalist Rupert Collins-White (pictured right) of LegalSupportNetwork. In a bid to take Poulter’s mind off this crushing blow, Aldridge and White talk social media – one… Read more »

Ticket Price to Oscars-style Lawyer Awards Soars to £7K

How do legal magazines that have seen their print advertising revenues plummet over the last few years make money? They hold Oscars-style awards ceremonies for lawyers – and flog tables for £4,000 a pop to law firms which are “nominated” for their prestigious prizes. Well, it used to be £4,000. Indeed, 2012 prices at The… Read more »

The Big Fight: David Allen Green vs Charon QC

Legal Cheek reports as the blogging heavyweights go head-to-head in a spectacular Twitter bust-up Still brimming with elation six weeks after being included in GQ magazine’s list of the 100 most influential men in Britain, media lawyer-journo David Allen Green (pictured) couldn’t resist one more celebratory tweet. “I wonder if @LouiseMensch will buy as many… Read more »

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ

Follow @AlexAldridgeUK The legal press is not always what it seems, says Alex Aldridge I’m always surprised by how uncritically lawyers read what’s written in the legal press. Many don’t realise that each magazine has a commercial agenda that strongly influences how it writes – and what it writes about. Last week, the City law… Read more »

#TweetsOfTheWeek

Follow @LegalCheek Legal Cheek is watching you… Smugly delivered tired gag of the week @ZASaunders (family law barrister Zoe Saunders) “law students: #Starbucks job news means that even if you can’t be a barrister you can be a barista – it’s all in the pronunciation ” Elsewhere, a high-profile barrister tries to be funny without… Read more »

LEGAL AWARDS CEREMONIES: THE HORROR

Follow @AlexAldridgeUK The ‘British Legal Awards’, the grandly titled money making scam awards ceremony for corporate solicitors run by Legal Week, was held last night. Having been heavily buttered up in advance by the organisers, and then plied with generous amounts of alcohol, the solicitors at these events often assume the demeanour of diva premiership… Read more »

PRO BONO WEEK: OUT WITH A WHIMPER

Follow @AlasdairIS But despite the complaints from lawyers and disinterest from the press, the fact the event takes place at all represents major progress, says Alasdair Stewart National pro bono week took place last month, but I fear that it passed most people by. Despite a range of events taking place up and down the… Read more »

#TweetsOfTheWeek

Follow @LegalCheek Legal Cheek is watching you… Twitter tale from the Bar of the week Overheard by pupil barrister @BenjaminFGray (not at the chambers where he is a pupil): “blue shirts are not appropriate for someone under 5 years call” Unlikely Twitter conversation of the week Between The Lawyer magazine editor @lawyercatrin and Conservative MP… Read more »

THE MAN BEHIND THE LAW REPORTS

Follow @DanHLawReporter Barrister-turned-law reporter Daniel Hoadley explains what it’s like to document court cases, and asks what the future holds for this niche breed of journalist in the internet age For over 700 hundred years law reporters have crammed themselves, notebooks in hand, into courts up and down the land. All lawyers will be familiar… Read more »

IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THE BLOGGERS, JOIN THEM

Follow @AlexAldridgeUK Continuing snobbery towards legal blogging betrays journalists’ fear that evolving medium could do them out of a job, says Alex Aldridge Not so long ago, the Times’ weekly law section was the place to read about law. Published on Tuesday, rather than Thursday as it has been for the last few years, it… Read more »

#TweetsOfTheWeek

Follow @LegalCheek Legal Cheek is watching you… Social mobility champion of the week @TheInnerTemple, with its “strong tradition of political engagement, social responsibility and meritocracy” “The Princess Royal, Inner Temple’s Royal Treasurer, will attend the Grand Day Dinner tomorrow.” Borderline insane #FollowFriday behaviour of the week @TheNakedLawyer 70 separate #FF tweets (equating to well over… Read more »

JOURNALISM WATCH: Ashurst co-owned RollOnFriday’s love of recycling

On Friday, I was shopping online for flights to Marrakesh for my holidays. But try as I might, I just couldn’t find the flight booking menu on the easyJet website. Then I realised I wasn’t on easyJet.com at all. Instead, I’d navigated in error to the remarkably similar-looking RollOnFriday.com.            

LEGAL CHEEK CHAT – WITH JOSHUA ROZENBERG

Follow @JoshuaRozenberg Joshua Rozenberg, Britain’s best-known legal commentator, takes 5 minutes out to share his views on OccupyLondon, media-friendly judges and who he most enjoys following on Twitter If you were 21 again, and had just graduated into this harsh job market, what would your strategy be? To take a year off; work abroad; and… Read more »

BEING A SOLICITOR: THE VIDEO GAME

Follow @AlexAldridgeUK Yesterday I had a go at an online game City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has launched — and scored 4,823. This isn’t a good score; current leader Alex Stoughton from Exeter got 8,502. According to the firm, the aim of the game is to identify graduates who “are most suited to… Read more »

CITY LAWYER IN FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FIRST

In what must surely be a first for a City lawyer, Preiskel & Co head of media law David Allen Green has launched a Facebook fan page. Rising star Green, who combines his day job with a sideline writing for the New Statesman and the Lawyer, has — at the last count — a respectable… Read more »