Pursuing your dreams can come at a price. Deidre Dare (real name: Deidre Clark) used to earn over £130,000 a year as an associate in Allen & Overy's Moscow office. Then she started blogging, publishing erotic fiction that was heavily influenced by her experiences as an expat lawyer. She accompanied her prose with pictures and videos of herself in transparent nightwear. As the blog caught the media's attention, Fifty Shades of Grey-style literary success beckoned. But three years after being sacked by Allen & Overy for bringing the firm into disrepute with her sexy writing, life for Dare seems tough...
At first, GDL student Anastasia Steal doubts the wisdom of Christopher Grey QC's insistence that she complete her mini-pupillage with him on a Sunday, but pretty soon she finds herself having the best day of her life.
As I walked through Gray’s Inn, I caught my reflection in a puddle that had gathered from last night’s storm. God I looked so tired, so mousy, so...grey. "He’s so out of my league," I whispered to myself as I arrived outside the splendid Georgian exterior of Gray’s Inn Chambers.
"You’re late," came a voice from behind me I knew all too well already, its velvety tones echoing around Gray’s Inn.
"But it’s 8.55, you said 9am," I responded, my voice quivering.
"Exactly," said Mr Gray, a trace of what seemed like a smile forming momentarily on his lips – oh those lips! – before vanishing again.
There was a pause as we looked at each for a fraction of a second too long. Then Mr Grey spoke again:
"There's been a slight issue with the entry code to chambers. This being Sunday, it seems I'm unable to gain access. But no matter. I shall take you on a tour of the Inns of Court instead, while relaying to you my professional successes that have taken me this far. Do you have a pen and paper with which to take notes?"
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GDL student Anastasia Steal bumps into Christopher Grey QC, head of Gray's Inn Chambers, in the most unlikely of locations
Every hour I checked my email, but each time I was disappointed. A week after that incredible morning when I interviewed Mr Grey for Lawyer2B, and still no confirmation of the mini-pupillage he had offered me.
He had offered it to me, hadn’t he? Could I have been dreaming? Had Mr Grey’s impeccable aura somehow combined with the magnificence of the watercolours in Gray’s Inn Chambers to make me imagine it all?
"Ana, we’re running low on those small screw hinges in aisle ten. Could you go and get some more out of the back?"
"Sure, Dave," I responded, looking up at the ruddy face of my supervisor at the New Cross branch of B&Q, where I work on Saturdays. A more different creature to Mr Grey it was impossible to imagine.
As I made my way to the back of the store, I couldn’t help but notice the eye-catching figure of an extremely well proportioned man with his back to me clad in figure-hugging jeans and a sweater that appeared to be made of the very finest of cashmere. The man’s hair was copper and tousled. It couldn’t be...
Hugh Wotherspoon, the solicitor found guilty last month of groping a woman on the Edinburgh-London National Express, has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
The 54 year-old married father of two, who quit his job at City IP boutique Ladas & Parry following his conviction, has also been handed a three-year probation supervision order, instructed to attend a sexual behaviour programme, and made to pay a £2,500 fine, plus £1,000 compensation to his victim.
Speaking at Wotherspoon’s sentencing on Friday, his barrister, Madeleine Wolfe, suggested that the Surrey-based solicitor could face the further sanction of being struck off from the roll.
As I approached Mr Grey's chambers, I tried to pull myself together. But it was no use.
I shouldn’t even have been here. My GDL course-mate, who writes a blog for Lawyer2B, was ill with a fever, and I said I’d step in to help out with her latest piece – an interview with Christopher Grey QC, one of the country’s most famous barristers. Why was I so nervous?
Entering Gray's Inn Chambers, I was struck by the beautiful furnishings of the interior, the wallpaper’s Laura Ashley pattern blazing a mark on my soul that immediately etched into a permanent scar as the view from the far window caught my gaze. “What gardens!” I sighed to myself.
Then I spotted the watercolours – a series of glorious depictions of Gray’s Inn gardens through the seasons.
“The winter scene is my favourite,” said a husky baritone that came from behind me. Startled, I spun around.