In anticipation of the launch of Breaking Bad spin-off 'Better call Saul' later this year, Saul Goodman has been given an amusingly cheesy lawyer website...
Viewers of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here the other night heard Hugo Taylor claim that his dad, SJ Berwin’s Tim Taylor QC, is a self-made man who ran a market stall selling flowers before he went into law.
Watching I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here the other night, I was unexpectedly reminded of the words of legal recruitment queen Dominique Graham, who once warned me of the London law scene being an "amazingly small pool, almost a village"...
"Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career,” explains one of America’s most senior judges, Sonia Sotomayor, during her appearance on Sesame Street on Friday. "So, what kind of career can a girl like me have?" asks Abby, a muppet, in response. Listen to the Supreme Court Justice's advice... Read more »
Over the weekend, David Neita, a self-styled 'People's Lawyer and People's Poet', was interviewed on BBC Breakfast News, where he was billed as a 'barrister'. Neita – a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) graduate who the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has no record of doing a pupillage – explained how he’s trying to stop racism in football, adding on... Read more »
Surreal scenes yesterday evening at the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) annual 'Kalisher lecture', which was delivered by Judge John Deed actor Martin Shaw. The gist of Shaw’s weird speech was: I don’t know much about law, but I love the glamour of the Inns of Court and I'm worried deregulation might spoil it.
Back in April, we reported that SJ Berwin’s Tim Taylor QC (pictured) had mentioned the possibility of making a lawyers’ version of the hit E4 reality show Made In Chelsea (in which his son, Hugo, stars). A month later, we were thrilled to see Taylor senior make a cameo appearance alongside Hugo in the third... Read more »
This evening John Whaite will fight it out for a place in the semi-finals of BBC 2 series 'The Great British Bake Off'. Whaite (pictured in action above) has wowed viewers not only with his baking skills, but also won hearts thanks to his good looks, which Heat Magazine recently highlighted via a half naked... Read more »
To date, one of the great tragedies of E4 reality show Made In Chelsea is the lack of any lawyer characters among its cast. (OK, so there’s Hugo’s dad, the SJ Berwin solicitor-advocate Tim Taylor QC, but he’s not really a cast member, having appeared in but one solitary scene.) It was, accordingly, with great... Read more »
'The Briefs', the two-part ITV criminal law firm documentary which concluded last night, sparked rage among members of the public. Feeding the flames of hatred was the scene where Tuckers senior partner Franklin Sinclair did the rounds to his needy legal aid clients in a flash convertible Jaguar (pictured below)...
The defining images in the second series of BBC legal drama Silk – which drew to a close last night – were (arguably) 1) Clive Reader’s beautiful New York style loft apartment and 2) Clive Reader’s exotic sports car. Both are way more commercial Bar than publicly funded Bar. Yet Reader (pictured) is a criminal... Read more »
Silk returned for its second series last night, enraging the country’s more pedantic legal professionals – many of whom took to Twitter to vent their spleen at the show with outbursts along the lines of: But there’s no such thing as female robing rooms!? How dare they suggest our ethics could be compromised by the... Read more »
There has been much excitement in the legal world about the fact that Made in Chelsea Hugo’s dad is SJ Berwin solicitor-advocate Tim Taylor QC. But few expected Dubai-based Tim to appear in the show. Last night, though, Hugo took his new girlfriend, Natalie, and an E4 camera crew, to meet his dad. For advocacy... Read more »
I've written previously of my love for E4's Made in Chelsea. But it seems that what I feel for the show is eclipsed by the passion it arouses in law professor Gary Slapper, who writes the weekly 'Weird Cases' column for The Times (£). Here's a small extract from the most recent of Slapper's now... Read more »
Newly single Russell Brand has turned to Bloomberg Law, the legal TV channel, to take his mind off his recent split from singer Katy Perry – as you can see below.
E4 reality show Made in Chelsea is back tonight with its third series. This news makes me very happy because I LOVE Made in Chelsea! Why? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that it casts Britain’s elite in such an unflattering light... There is one character, though, who comes across as... Read more »
Never upstage the boss. And that rule applies double when your boss is Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, who has publicly rounded on members of the judiciary for appearing on BBC show MasterChef when it filmed an episode in Middle Temple. Muscling his way back into the spotlight with a publicity-grabbing speech to Birmingham... Read more »
For reasons I have never fully understood, I’m often given the ‘women in law’ articles to write. I did one for the Guardian a while back, having previously co-written an epic 4,000 worder on the topic for Legal Week (£) with its editor Alex Novarese. The pieces relayed the standard narrative about women in the... Read more »
When BBC series MasterChef set its contestants the task of cooking a qualifying session dinner at Middle Temple, it knew it would be a stern test. With 230 barristers to feed – including two Supreme Court judges, three Lord Justices of Appeal, four High Court judges and 26 QCs – the culinary hopefuls slaved away for... Read more »