Celebrities

The celebs supporting #SaveUKJustice

This morning Stephen Fry became the most high profile celebrity (he has nearly six million Twitter followers) to tweet in support of the #SaveUKJustice campaign. He joins a number of other figures from the world of entertainment in criticising the government’s legal aid proposals. Here they are, in chronological order of their tweets… Gok Wan… Read more »

Unlikely Piece Of Law Firm Artwork Of The Week

Amid the corporate swirls and twee etchings at HowardKennedyFSi’s offices, where the Legal Cheek team was lucky enough to spend yesterday evening gorging on fine wine and canapés at the firm’s merger bash, one piece of artwork didn’t quite fit… Had a lost teenage boy put it on the wall having mistaken HowardKennedyFSi’s reception area for his… Read more »

Has There Ever Been A More Unlikely Legal Conference Attendee Than Busta Rhymes?

News came through overnight on Twitter that rapper Busta Rhymes closed yesterday’s American Association For Justice (AAJ) conference. And sure enough this morning on YouTube was a freshly-posted video of Rhymes – whose nickname ‘Busted’ is a tribute to his extensive experience of the judicial process – serenading lawyers at said event… “Any old lawyers? Any old… Read more »

Was Your Weekend As Exciting As Dave’s?

Who said the life of a newly qualified solicitor was all about keeping your nose to the grindstone? As the Twitter feed of Kingsley Napley NQ Dave Rowntree (aka the drummer from Blur who has become a lawyer) illustrates, it’s perfectly possible to use the job as a jumping off point for international DJing frolics…… Read more »

Bored Of Law Already? Blur Drummer-Turned-Kingsley Napley Solicitor Launches ‘DJ Dark Destroyer’ Alter Ego

As legal world-watchers will doubtless be aware, Blur drummer Dave Rowntree recently traded in the rockstar life in order to follow his lawyer dream – qualifying in September as a solicitor at white collar crime firm Kingsley Napley. But it seems that the corporate legal fast-lane has left Rowntree hankering for the comforting mundanity of… Read more »

‘Solicitor Saturday’: Law Firm Releases Surreal Personal Injury-Themed Sky Sports Spoof

For those unfamiliar with the show, Sky Sports’ ‘Soccer Saturday’ sees washed-up ex-footballers offer excitable commentary on unfolding events in the Premier League every week. Neither its format nor its content is obviously analogous with personal injury law. Yet Liverpool-based GT Law obviously sees a link, having commissioned this spoof legal-themed version of the show,… Read more »

‘They Were Lovely!’ Bar Students Suck Up To Wills And Kate

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Middle Temple, their first public outing since last month’s topless photo storm. There, the pair – who by putting their names to the ‘Duke and Duchess of Cambridge BPTC scholarship’ have amazingly managed to associate themselves with social mobility – were greeted by excited barristers-to-be.

Rookie Solicitor Who Once Won The Premier League Nets Spot On John Terry FA Disciplinary Panel

Life for most two-year qualified solicitors revolves around photo-copying, filing and tea-making. However, when you’ve joined the profession late, bringing with you valuable experience from a previous high profile career, you get to intersperse the dogsbody work with a few treats. Not so long ago, Stuart Ripley was a marauding Premier League and England winger,… Read more »

SJ Berwin’s Tim Taylor QC Makes Made in Chelsea Debut

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 »

Lunch with Legal Cheek: Mark Stephens

You can change the world through law, star media lawyer Mark Stephens tells Emily Jupp, but it doesn’t sate your artistic side There is one question any serious journalist couldn’t fail to ask Mark Stephens CBE, the top media lawyer who has probably appeared in more big name cases than any other solicitor: “Does Julian… Read more »

Law Student Branded ‘Slut’ By Talk Show Host Gets Obama Call

The following would never happen in Britain… On 23 February, Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke (pictured) testified at a congressional hearing in support of President Obama’s ruling that religiously affiliated institutions, including some universities, should provide insurance plans that cover all costs for medicinal contraceptives. In response, rightwing US radio host Rush Limbaugh branded… Read more »

Michael Mansfield QC: ‘The Johnny Depp Of The Legal World’

“Radical; vegetarian; socialist. These three words are rarely used in conjunction with lawyers, but these are the three that encapsulate Michael Mansfield QC,” begins last week’s Oxford University student newspaper profile of well-known human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield (pictured left). “In a mystifying world, brim-full of traditions, wigs, and lots of Latin,” it continues, “you… Read more »

Kingsley Napley Trainee Solicitor Nets Brit Award

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, whose day job these days is as a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley, bagged a special prize for his contribution to music at the Brit Awards last night, alongside fellow band members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James. Rowntree (the ginger-haired one you never knew the name of, until now,… Read more »

Personal Injury: It’s a Massive Laugh!

Paul Rooney, the personal injury law firm, has launched a comedy video advert to flog the services of its ambulance chasing lawyers. Tasteless? Maybe, but hey, you get de-sensitised to other people’s pain after a while, and at the end of the day life’s just one black, black joke. Well, that’s what a spokesperson for… Read more »

Escape Routes From The Law: Doing a Hollywood

For the legions of training contract hunters out there, being a lawyer is a dream. But it’s not a job that makes everyone happy. The British Hollywood actor Gerard Butler (pictured), who started out as a trainee solicitor with Edinburgh corporate law firm Morton Fraser, didn’t enjoy his time in the legal profession. “If I’d… Read more »