David Allen Green

How (Not) To Be A Trainee Solicitor

Congratulations. You got the training contract. You are now going to be a trainee solicitor at a commercial law firm, either in the City or elsewhere. What next? The first thing to consider is that joining a law firm is not like starting at university or law school. You are not creating an entirely new… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

The danger lurking in laws to end cyberbullying [Legal Cheek’s associate editor Emily Jupp in The Independent] David Allen Green’s ‘cut out and keep’ guide to avoiding defaming people on Twitter [Storify] Lord McAlpine threatens to sue Speaker’s wife Sally Bercow [The Telegraph] McAlpine’s solicitor warns long list of Twitter users to ‘apologise or be… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

“Barrister quotes Shakespeare while trying to chat up attractive Probation officer. Didn’t catch the quote, too busy vomiting” [Court News via Twitter] Lord McAlpine raises prospect of legal action over false abuse allegations [The Guardian] Lawyer’s Craigslist ad for ‘friendly artist’ almost certainly a thinly-veiled invitation to live-in threesome [Gawker] 39 Essex Street in ‘advanced… Read more »

Interview: How To Become a Legal Commentator

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… Read more »

EVENT: Legal Cheek At The Google Campus

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… Read more »

Chris Grayling Appointment: Top Ten Horrified Reactions

News of the first non-lawyer appointment to the role of Lord Chancellor since the Archbishop of York under Queen Mary in 1558 has riled members of the legal profession… 1. loveandgarbage 2. Anonymous lawyer on Linkedin “I think David Cameron has made a big mistake replacing Ken Clarke with Chris Greyling [sic]. Ken Clarke is… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 3 August

“‘What would your advice be to anyone wanting a career in law?’ Answer is at: nooooooooooooooo.com” – David Allen Green on Twitter Apple seeks severe punishment for Samsung lawyer’s actions – Reuters Twitter spoof account legal action dropped by Northcliffe – BBC Solicitors strike out at ‘callous’ court plans – North Devon Journal Dewey know… Read more »

PODCAST: The Future Of Legal Blogging

This week’s #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast guest, City University’s Emily Allbon (pictured), is one of the pioneers of legal blogging, having started the excellent Lawbore site way back in the dial-up internet days of 2002. Since then, Allbon has seen many legal blogs fall by the wayside, and a fairly recent new wave of really good bloggers… Read more »

Law Blogger Milly Bancroft Misses Out As Orwell Prize Goes to Super-Niche ‘Rangers Tax Case’ Blog

Gasps, sighs and the sentence “A blog about a Scottish football team’s tax case?!” echoed around a disbelieving Church House Hall in Westminster last night, as the winner of the Orwell Prize for blogging was announced. Supporters of Beneath the Wig author and former barrister Milly Bancroft, one of seven bloggers nominated for the prestigious… Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable: Orwell Prize Shortlisted Law Blogger Milly Bancroft On The Rise Of The New Media Set

On Tuesday, legal blogger Amanda “Milly” Bancroft found out, via Twitter, that she’d made the shortlist for the prestigious Orwell Prize For Blogging as she sat watching a panel of top journalists discuss the future of law reporting at a Halsbury’s Law Exchange debate. At which point, Bancroft roared: “Get in!” Then, like a legal… Read more »

Over 10% Of Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People in The World’ Are Lawyers, But None Are Brits (Adele Gets a Slot, Though)

“What, no Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers?!” I bellowed after scanning Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. “No Sir Nicolas Bratza either, or Baroness Hale of Richmond, or even David Allen Green…” I continued, drawing some strange looks from the other men in the barbers’ waiting area, where I’d… Read more »

Radio 4 Legal Show ‘Law in Action’ Hit By BBC Cuts

Law in Action, the long-running Radio 4 legal programme, is to have its funding scaled back as part of a £500,000 cost-saving at the BBC. The show’s normal schedule – which sees 12 episodes broadcast a year – will continue until at least 2013. From then it had been suggested that fewer episodes will be… Read more »

Are Top Legal Tweeters Socially Disruptive Narcissists?

It was with grave concern for Preiskel & Co’s David Allen Green – Britain’s only lawyer with a Facebook fan page – that I read of recent research establishing a link between how many Facebook friends you have, and how much of a “socially disruptive” narcissist you are. The research, published in the journal Personality and Individual… Read more »

Legal Blogging’s Princess Diana Moment

The Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) striking off of legal blogging pioneer David Harris last week caused quite a stir. Tributes flowed in for the ex-barrister whose witty and wild blog, GeekLawyer, won acclaim in the UK and internationally. Assuming the Earl Spencer role in the affair was retired BPP Law School lecturer Mike Semple Piggot,… Read more »

The Big Fight: David Allen Green vs Charon QC

Legal Cheek reports as the blogging heavyweights go head-to-head in a spectacular Twitter bust-up Still brimming with elation six weeks after being included in GQ magazine’s list of the 100 most influential men in Britain, media lawyer-journo David Allen Green (pictured) couldn’t resist one more celebratory tweet. “I wonder if @LouiseMensch will buy as many… Read more »


Follow @AlexAldridgeUK Continuing snobbery towards legal blogging betrays journalists’ fear that evolving medium could do them out of a job, says Alex Aldridge Not so long ago, the Times’ weekly law section was the place to read about law. Published on Tuesday, rather than Thursday as it has been for the last few years, it… Read more »


In what must surely be a first for a City lawyer, Preiskel & Co head of media law David Allen Green has launched a Facebook fan page. Rising star Green, who combines his day job with a sideline writing for the New Statesman and the Lawyer, has — at the last count — a respectable… Read more »