Judges

The 16 most amusing Queen’s Counsel cartoons ever

As The Times’ Queen’s Counsel cartoon turns 20 — and marks its anniversary with a new book — the barrister-turned-cartoonist behind it, Alex Williams, picks his 16 favourite cartoons from the series exclusively for Legal Cheek. 1. A…solicitor?!

Lord Justice Ward bows out with a tribute to oral advocacy

Legendary Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Ward has delivered his final judgment. Compared to some of his other stuff, it’s pretty tame, with no mention of “warring bankers”, use of incredible equine metaphors or reflections on the nature of love. But paragraph 40 (reproduced in full below) features a memorable tribute to the English… Read more »

Name that UK Supreme Court Justice

The 12 UK Supreme Court judges may not rack up Justin Bieber levels of views on their YouTube channel, but, on balance, they’re probably more important to the smooth functioning of the world. How many of them can you identify from the animated gifs below? (The answers are on our Facebook page)

10 of the best Lord Justice Ward lines

Last month, retiring Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Ward (pictured) used his penultimate judgment to deliver a wistful nautical-themed allegory about departing the Royal Courts of Justice. It wasn’t the first time that he’d made lawyers smile. Here are ten of his best lines… ‘Warring bankers’ “This case involves a number of – and… Read more »

Beware What You Say In the Presence Of Law Students…

At a seminar last week, one of the most senior judges in India courted controversy by suggesting that “90% of Indians were idiots”. But Justice Markandey Katju hadn’t bargained for the enthusiasm of a pair of “deeply hurt” law students in the audience to put their legal education into practice…

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…

Judge Gives Verbose Lawyer a Lesson In Editing

A US judge’s stinging criticism of a lawyer’s ability to write concisely has been doing the rounds on the internet over the last few days. Having criticised the lawyer for exceeding a page-limit of 25 pages, Judge Steven Merryday states… He then proceeds to heavily edit one of the paragraphs submitted by the lawyer:

Constance Briscoe Is Arrested

Judge and author Constance Briscoe, who is a prosecution witness in the Huhne trial, has been arrested. But as Guido Fawkes reports, no one is allowed to say why. Tom Harper, investigations reporter at the Evening Standard, said via Twitter that the story behind Briscoe’s arrest is “jaw-dropping”. Watch this space… UPDATE – Office for… Read more »

Observer Hints That Solicitor Called ‘Chris’ May Have Been Involved In Civil Procedure Rules Breach. But Who’s ‘Chris’?

Yesterday may not have been the most relaxing Sunday for a mystery media law partner at Hamlins called “Chris”, after a press release in which he was featured caught the attention of The Observer media columnist Peter Preston. According to Preston, the press release – sent by a PR on behalf of Hamlins – provided… Read more »

At Last, Some Good News For Jobless LPC Graduates: If You’re Convicted Of a Crime, You’ll Get a Lighter Sentence Than Other People

Last month, BPP Law School Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduate Victoria Lawson admitted stealing more than £8,000 from John Lewis, where she was working part-time having failed to net a training contract. The expectation was that 25 year-old Lawson – who stole the sizeable sum from the Peterborough branch of the store via a fake… 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 »

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 »

Blackmail, Inappropriate Touching And Assault, Amongst Some Other Offences: Annual Judicial Roll Of Shame Released

Most of the 79 members of the judiciary disciplined for misconduct last year were magistrates, although some senior judges found themselves in hot water, too – the freshly-released Office for Judicial Complaints annual report reveals. Here are the highlights. District Judge Michael Wood – “inappropriate” touching and comments Deputy High Court Judge James Allen QC –… Read more »

‘Glory, Glory, Legal Cobra!’

Ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of the highest echelons of the legal profession after a few drinks? Well, judging by this anecdote from the son-in-law of the late Master of the Rolls Tom Bingham in the April issue of Intelligent Life magazine, it can get pretty weird – as you may have… Read more »