Yes, that's New Statesman readers...
1 Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner, who also edits the UK Human Rights Blog, has been savaged in the comments section of the New Statesman website for a piece he wrote for the apparently progressive publication...
This afternoon Guardian Law editor Ros Taylor marked the end of an era when she announced via Twitter that her job is to be "abolished" and Guardian Law to be run instead by a "semi-automated" feed...
"Dear @TheSunNewspaper. The Human Rights Act has nothing to do with the EU and the Court of Appeal is not an EU court!" wrote 1 Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner yesterday on Twitter.
He was responding to The Sun's "Inhuman Rights" story – which mangled a host of legal facts.
At which point, as Wagner's tweet was retweeted over 50 times, the legal profession's pent-up frustration with Britain's favourite red top began to spill forth in a glorious stream of anti-tabloid bile (some of which is pictured below)...
Having narrowly beaten Kirsty Brimelow in the last battle of the top QCs, Twitter Joke Trial barrister John Cooper QC today found himself up against none other than Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer QC.
Cooper got things underway by ridiculing the DPP's new social media prosecution guidelines, which he described as "the longest ever explanation of common sense I’ve seen".
When presenter Sarah Montague put Cooper's words to Starmer on this morning's Today Programme, the usually unflappable DPP lost his cool, hitting back angrily... Continue reading
This is the central question that the panel will be discussing at Legal Cheek's Google Campus event this evening.
The boom era narratives that attracted students to the law are fading. City law salaries are no longer spiralling; instead they're stagnant, with trainee numbers falling and many corporate firms desperately scouring the horizon for merger candidates.
Meanwhile, the Inns of Court-related glamour that has traditionally drawn students to the publicly-funded Bar is giving way to a sense that the hardship involved just isn't worth it.
Amid the gloom, however, there are some interesting new legal career options developing...
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 spewing out frighteningly good commentary and analysis, then disseminating it in real-time via Twitter.
Former barrister Carl Gardner is one of the pioneers of this group, having founded his blog, Head of Legal, in 2006, after quitting the Government Legal Service (GLS) with what at the time looked like a far-fetched vision of becoming a legal commentator and writer...
On the evening of Wednesday 5 December Legal Cheek is hosting a star-studded panel debate at the Google Campus in Shoreditch.
Speakers include New Statesman legal correspondent David Allen Green, UK Human Rights Blog editor and practising barrister Adam Wagner, magic circle lawyer-turned-Queen Mary University of London academic Jill Marshall, Accutrainee founder Susan Cooper, Seed Academy organiser and trainee solicitor Mark Needham, Artesian Law co-founder Jonathan Rose, and social media journalist Emily Jupp of The Independent.
They will be discussing how a combination of post-Google business models, the emerging start-up scene and the blurring between legal practice and journalism/academia will change the shape of the legal profession for today's law students and junior lawyers. How will it look in 5-10 years time? And how can those starting out in law best position themselves to take advantage of the changes?
The event is free to get in, plus there’ll be free drinks and nibbles provided by our sponsor, Kaplan Law School, but places are limited...