Contrary to popular belief, Alex Aldridge is not locked up in a Morroccan jail for crimes against fashion, but taking a break from podcasting fun. Kevin Poulter is joined #RoundMyDiningTable this week by stand-in co-host and ace legal reporter Daniel Hoadley and very special guests Diane Burleigh, Chief Executive of the newly Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the ILEX PR man, Paul Hutchinson.
Over mince pies and some seasonal fizz, the discussion moves seamlessly from locking up musical loving jurors to debt-free ways to make it to the top of the legal profession. Sound like a dream? No, it's nothing to do with too much sherry, it's the no-nonsense ILEX route to training-contract-free partnership.
Despite some foolish questions from Dan, there is wise advice for those considering a career in the law who might not have considered alternative options.
It's also worth listening to the end...if only for the OTT and mildly insincere wishes of yuletide peace and happiness.
We'll all be back in the new year, but until then we hope that Santa empties his generous sack in your direction. And to all a good night.
Dan Hoadley and Alex Aldridge, both of whom trained as barristers before going into journalism (with Dan actually turning down a pupillage to do so), on why there’s more to life than practising law. Solicitor Kevin Poulter chips in with regular snide asides.
Put your feet up, spread a strong-smelling takeaway across your desk, and enjoy. (Or listen later on iTunes)
Barrister-turned-law reporter Daniel Hoadley explains what it's like to document court cases, and asks what the future holds for this niche breed of journalist in the internet age
For over 700 hundred years law reporters have crammed themselves, notebooks in hand, into courts up and down the land. All lawyers will be familiar with formidably large volumes on bookshelves, setting out the law in relation to cannibalistic marooned sailors and snails idly floating in bottles of ginger beer. The internet has seen an explosion in the array of ways of getting to case law, including a new initiative recently launched by Judgmental, a group of digital activists who believe case law would be more ‘usable’ if it were indexed by internet search engines. Accordingly, the question arises as to whether we still need law reporters and the contents of the notebooks?