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 »
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 »
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 »
And the answer to rapper Professor Green’s question, which he asked the other day on Twitter, is…
Ben Saunders, the third person in history to reach the North Pole alone and on foot, has seen many things. But never a Christmas card as hilarious as the one he received from his solicitor, Philip Stinson of London entertainment and media law firm Clintons.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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”…
To celebrate the visit to London last week of Kim Kardashian – the daughter of OJ Simpson’s defence lawyer Robert Kardashian – we bring you six other celebs also sired by a member of the legal profession…
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
Congratulations to Dave Rowntree, the drummer from Blur, who has qualified as a solicitor today. Famous band mates Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James were said to be reeling with jealousy as the news was reported by Rowntree (pictured below, far right) on Twitter. “I am happy to say that after 5 years work,… 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 »
Imagine a photo of the Queen knocking back sherry with her favourite partner at Farrer & Co, the solicitors to the royal family. Or a snap of Lord Sumption trapped in a jokey headlock administered by his former client Roman Abramovich. Well, the equivalent happened in America the other day, when celeb mag The Hollywood… Read more »
“Ooh, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will be speaking,” I thought as I read the flyer for Wednesday evening’s launch of the new higher apprenticeship for legal services. So, keen to hear what the fiery Glaswegian had to say about the school-leaver route into law, I went along. But upon arrival, I was handed a grease-stained… Read more »
When St Andrews University law student Rupert Finch pulled a hot first year called Kate Middleton back in 2001, he can have had scant inkling of the consequences that, years later, would flow from this act. Indeed, if the young lad – who is now a 33-year old in-house lawyer at chemicals company Johnson Matthey – had… Read more »
She is the single biggest drain on the benefits system. Her grandchildren throw weddings that make the Big Fat Gypsies blush. The bling that sits on the top of her head could eradicate third world poverty. And yet the nation celebrates her every passing anniversary – particularly this latest one – as if it were… 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 »
The Sun took its legal coverage up a notch today when it featured solicitor Neil Maybury in an article headlined ‘There’s Only Two Roy Hodgsons’. As you can see, Maybury, who now works as an independent consultant following spells at Clifford Chance, Pinsent Masons and DLA Piper, bears an uncanny resemblance to the new manager… Read more »
The lawyer who was pictured aiming what looked like a semi-automatic pistol as he drove his convertible Audi through Paris with Pippa Middleton faces up to seven years in jail if the weapon is proved to be real. (Pics available here). Even if the gun was fake, Romain Rabillard (pictured), an associate at Shearman &… Read more »
Everyone has their fantasies. Mine is to win the Bar Council’s legal reporting award, then, on the back of my Obama-esque acceptance speech, be ushered into the manager’s job at Leeds United, who I’d lead to Champion’s League glory. The lawyers’ equivalent? For a good chunk of the human rights types I know I reckon… 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 »
Christopher Myers, who in 2010 was forced to resign as special advisor to married foreign secretary William Hague amid rumours that the pair were in a relationship, has landed a TC at City giant DLA Piper. Having obtained a 2:1 in history from Durham University, Myers completed the GDL at BPP Law School in Leeds… Read more »
Another year, another list of the UK’s top 100 lawyers by The Times. And once again, the list – released today (£) – is dominated by old, white, Oxbridge-educated men. In the top ten, there is just one woman (Baroness Hale of Richmond) and only one lawyer who is non-Oxbridge (Keir Starmer QC). Nine of the ten… Read more »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
As the cost of doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) rises another notch to £16,540 following a further round of fee hikes by law schools, cash-strapped Camilla Duchess of Cornwall has been made a barrister for free. Upon receiving the award in a ceremony last night at Gray’s Inn, the Mon Fertile Finishing School… Read more »
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 »
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 »