Joshua Rozenberg

Judicial ‘Pepsi Challenge’ fails as law students are unable to identify judges’ gender from their anonymised rulings

Durham University law students’ attempt to tell the gender of a judge on the basis of their judgment alone has yielded a success rate of just 46%. The experiment — a legal version, if you will, of the famous Pepsi Challenge (a blind Pepsi v Coke taste test) — was conducted following prompting by Supreme Court President… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Trainee lawyer, 22, who sued cruise firm after being hit by flying sun lounger is facing bankruptcy as legal bills spiral to £350,000 [Mail Online] The Times settles Nightjack claim for £42,500 plus costs [New Statesman] Former journo’s claim that it “has long been an ambition of mine” to be appointed Justice Secretary and Lord… 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 »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Law student shatters fellow student’s jaw, court told – News & Star Jemima Khan et al already lose their Assange securities – @CourtNewsUK on Twitter (since picked up by The Telegraph) ‘Meet your new solicitor general, barrister Oliver Heald’ – Oliver Heald’s Blog (via @RosamundMTaylor on Twitter) Chris Grayling, justice secretary: non-lawyer and ‘on the… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 6 June

City lawyer ‘lost her £200,000 job after exposing corruption’ – The Telegraph Breivik murder trial judge caught on camera playing solitaire in court – Mail Online Secret courts, drones and international law – Law in Action Intruder is scared off…by a judge – The Sun Women “too nice” to ask for a pay rise, says… 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 »

Legal Tweeters Shunned In The Independent’s Twitter 100

The legal profession is waking up this morning to the distressing news that not a single of its members achieved a place in The Independent’s list of the UK’s 100 most influential tweeters. Scandalously, not even legal Twitter A-lister David Allen Green (pictured) – who boasts 24,571 followers and was recently named the 64th most… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 9 February

Wigs off, jeans on at the Judicial College – The Guardian Dickens v Lawyers – New York Times East Finchley lawyer’s parking crusade hits dead end – Hendon Times Rude City boy email goes viral – The Sun My conscience over blogger is clear and I’ll explain, says Times lawyer – Evening Standard


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 »


Follow @LegalCheek Legal Cheek is watching you… Poorly disguised Twitter boast of the week @John_Cooper_QC “Got tickets to see ‘Saved’ at the Lyric by Edward Bond, who directed my play at The Royal Court. Great man.” Link Twitter tantrum of the week @CharonQC, upon hearing that @thelawyermag has launched a “Blogpost of The Week”: “Is… Read more »


Follow @JoshuaRozenberg Joshua Rozenberg, Britain’s best-known legal commentator, takes 5 minutes out to share his views on OccupyLondon, media-friendly judges and who he most enjoys following on Twitter If you were 21 again, and had just graduated into this harsh job market, what would your strategy be? To take a year off; work abroad; and… Read more »