Over the weekend, rockstar solicitor Dave Rowntree detailed his dismay about the government's legal aid proposals. Work in this area "hardly makes business sense any more", explained the rookie Kingsley Napley criminal litigator, speaking – as The Guardian noted – from Hong Kong where he is recording with Blur. The trip comes hot on the heels of several other glamorous international jaunts of the type not usually associated with your average junior criminal lawyer...
Just last month, Rowntree was in California for the Coachella music festival...
...having also escaped the office in March to spend time in Mexico.
It was a nice follow-up to January's Spain trip.
Which came weeks after a break in Italy.
Where next for jet-setting Dave? Keep track on Twitter.
And the answer to rapper Professor Green’s question, which he asked the other day on Twitter, is...
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...
There's more on Rowntree's 'Dark Destroyer' DJ sideline here.
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 his previous existence. So he’s launched an alter ego called 'DJ Dark Destroyer' to perform at leading nightclubs across Europe...
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, I qualify as a solicitor today," tweeted Rowntree this morning. "Thanks very much to everyone who has helped along the way!"
Members of the public also found themselves looking on enviously at Rowntree's success at finally casting off the shackles of life as a rockstar, with one tweeting...
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, in the pic above) also performed a couple of songs with his Blur chums – back together for the first time since 2009.
Despite his smiles on stage, though, the occasion was laced with pain for the corporate law rock-star.
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 continued in the law, I don’t think I’d be alive today,” Butler told The Times on Saturday. “I was 27, I’d passed my degree and was working as a trainee solicitor, but I was heading down the wrong path and drinking far too much. The week before I was due to qualify, I got really wrecked at the Edinburgh Festival and was sacked. I now know that this was covering up the truth and that I was very unhappy with where I was headed.”
Butler wanted to be acting, not assisting companies with contracts. In a previous interview, he told Scotland on Sunday of his heartbreak at watching a Fringe production of Trainspotting as a trainee lawyer “because I thought 'this will never be me'." He added: “those days were incredibly miserable for me because I was trapped. Not even trapped in a law firm...but I was trapped in my life, I was trapped in my head, I didn't know how to make myself happy."