Lawyers

Too many lawyers? Blame the bankers

Gordon Gekko back for the global recession

The rocketing number of law graduates — and the topsy-like growth of the legal profession over the last generation — has got The Times worried. But the numbers aren’t as simple as they seem

Judge Dread’s coming to town

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A chap standing for the bench in the home of country music bears some striking resemblances to the man with the Lawgiver pistol and purveyor of summary executions

Hashtag hilarity: #FakeWongaLawFirms

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Following Wonga’s creation of fake law firms Chainey, D’Amato & Shannon and Barker & Lowe, Twitter users have been having some fun with the #FakeWongaLawFirms hashtag. Here are a selection.

Cease and desist letter sent to prevent ‘beardism’ that violates ‘Sexually Dynamic Lifestyle’ moustache trademark goes viral

A spoof cease and desist letter sent by the American Mustache Institute (AMI) to a baseball team featuring a high number of facial hair-sporting members has gone viral after a major news agency took it seriously. The letter — re-produced in full below — states that the Boston Red Sox’s “marketing of beardism violates the expressed federal… Read more »

What Mid-Life Crisis? Skadden Partner Quits Law Because He Has ‘Been Blessed With The Incredible Good Fortune Of Being Married To TaQuita Thorns’

“I have decided to start a new phase of my life. I do not plan to practice law,” explains Garrett Waltzer, a California-based partner at international law firm Skadden, in a departure email leaked yesterday to US blog Above the Law. At which point the prose takes an unlikely turn. “Instead, I have been blessed… Read more »

Has There Ever Been A More Unlikely Legal Conference Attendee Than Busta Rhymes?

News came through overnight on Twitter that rapper Busta Rhymes closed yesterday’s American Association For Justice (AAJ) conference. And sure enough this morning on YouTube was a freshly-posted video of Rhymes – whose nickname ‘Busted’ is a tribute to his extensive experience of the judicial process – serenading lawyers at said event… “Any old lawyers? Any old… Read more »

Fired Allen & Overy Lawyer-Turned-Sex Novelist Tells Of New Life in 2 Room Cabin Rented By The Night On Her Credit Card

Pursuing your dreams can come at a price. Deidre Dare (real name: Deidre Clark) used to earn over £130,000 a year as an associate in Allen & Overy’s Moscow office. Then she started blogging, publishing erotic fiction that was heavily influenced by her experiences as an expat lawyer. She accompanied her prose with pictures and… Read more »

Practising Lawyer With Sideline As A Rapper Releases New Single – And It’s Just As Awful As His Previous Efforts

Mike Shipwash (aka ‘Lawyer Mike’) is an American sole practitioner specialising in personal injury law, who over the last few years has wowed YouTube with a series of R&B-infused raps. With their terrible lyrics (“rain: that sweet precipitation coming down from the skies, it’s like a nectar”) and cheesy videos, the tracks have developed a cult… Read more »