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.
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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...
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 series of the show – a move interpreted by many as a signal of the QC's intent to push forward with plans for a legal-themed spin-off. Since then, hardly a day has gone by without a fresh rumour about what form Taylor's project could take.
After much digging around, we have finally managed to get our hands on a leaked pilot video of the footage that Taylor and his colleagues have spent the last few months putting together. Watch it below...
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 delight that Legal Cheek happened upon the news that Gabilicious – aka the one who hosted a 'boob party' to celebrate her breast reduction – has swapped Made in Chelsea for Palladium Trust Services, a law firm specialising in the delivery of offshore legal advice to the super rich.
The food (pictured below) was cold, the award presentations seemed to go on forever and event host Jason Manford looked like he’d rather have been anywhere else but the Grosvenor Hotel. Still, last night’s The Lawyer Awards provided some interesting insights into the legal profession’s soul.
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 connoisseurs, it was quite a treat.
The gravelly-voiced silk – made a QC in 2011 – launched in with some tough questions...
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).
On Monday, I ran a story about the dad of Hugo from Made in Chelsea, who is SJ Berwin solicitor-advocate Tim Taylor QC. Judging by an interview Taylor senior did with his firm's in-house magazine, in which he boasted of his ability to balance a glass of Chablis on his forehead and drink it without using his hands, he seems like a fun chap.
Keen to find out more about this legal wild man, several Legal Cheek readers clicked through to the PDF version of the SJ Berwin magazine, where they were alarmed to find this picture of Taylor senior posing barefoot (I'm sure the kindly people at SJ Berwin won't sue me for nicking their pic, this being Maundy Thursday).
"OMG I'd had enough after the drinking games...w/o feet!" tweeted disgusted criminal barrister Felicity Gerry after reading the story.
"It's tough for the beautiful," added @CrimeCounsel.
Before the Justice Gap's Kim Evans weighed in with the inspired suggestion: "I think I will organise a naked lawyers for charity calendar...."
"Put me down for July and August doublespread," wrote lawyer Robert Hardy-McBride hurriedly in response.
See what you've done Hugo's dad...
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...
Anyway. One of the tragedies of Made in Chelsea to date is its failure to include a lawyer in its cast. There must be loads of City law trainees living in Chelsea who’d make perfect TV fodder, but inexplicably Channel 4 ignores them.
Still, the show has a legal link. As the more eagle-eyed of you may have inferred from the headline of this post, Hugo’s dad is a lawyer. And not just any lawyer, but none other than SJ Berwin litigation partner Tim Taylor QC.