Ed note: This is the latest post in the 'If I knew then what I know now' series, where leading members of the legal profession share their wisdom with the next generation of wannabes.
If I knew then what I know now, I’d have been keener to study law. At school I’d wanted to study history at university and only ended up reading law after an unforeseen episode, writes Professor Gary Slapper.
When I was in the sixth form, I went to have the designated 'career interview' with Mr Sharman. I can remember it clearly as it was an odd event at which one’s path from seventeen to senility was about to be set...
This is – as a UK-based foreign football manager might say – a difficult moment for Times Law, which is so committed to austerity that it won’t even stump up the money to cover subscriptions for its contributors...
'It takes a huge amount of courage to burgle somebody's house': What judge told intruder who raided three homes before letting him walk free from court [Mail Online]
The 'real London girl' killed by a falling window frame in Hanover Square [Evening Standard]
Can Mars use IP law to stop advertising of "deep fried" Mars bars? [The IPKat]
Shakespeares to cut 54 jobs post-merger [The Lawyer]
PUPILLAGE, HOW WAS IT FOR YOU? "So bitter is the thought of it that death itself can hardly be more bitter." Charles Bowen, later a law lord [Gary Slapper on Twitter]
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...
2. Anonymous lawyer on Linkedin
“I think David Cameron has made a big mistake replacing Ken Clarke with Chris Greyling [sic]. Ken Clarke is a "big hitter" he has gravitas, understanding, experience and the legal intelligence required for the demanding post of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice - having been a Barrister and QC. It seems Cameron replaced all of this with a junior minister from the dept. of work and pensions who's [sic] previous experience outside politics is as a Management Consultant/BBC News Producer. What weight will Mr Grayling have Lawyers and Judges ? ANSWER, NONE!” – Anonymous lawyer on Linkedin".
3. Charon QC
I've written previously of my love for E4's Made in Chelsea. But it seems that what I feel for the show is eclipsed by the passion it arouses in law professor Gary Slapper, who writes the weekly 'Weird Cases' column for The Times (£).
Here's a small extract from the most recent of Slapper's now customary Monday night Made in Chelsea tweetathons (as you can see below, Professor Slapper is especially interested in exploring the complex relationship between aesthetics and class in the show).