Judge Michael Stokes QC wins The “Common Sense Award” [The Sun]
Law student Countdown contestant ordered to cover up 'offensive' chest hair [Metro]
The Leveson Report in all its 1,987 page glory [LevesonInquiry.org.uk]
I’m A Celebrity 2012: Eric Bristow’s manager threatens legal action as Rosemary Shrager accuses Eric of “psychological bullying!” [Unreality TV]
Obama's lawyer to visit Oxford Union [Oxford Mail]
Top firms tell mature students to "knock on doors" to forge career [The Lawyer]
Amid the Twitter storm of earnest pontification which greeted the publication of Lord Justice Leveson's report into media ethics today, there were thankfully a handful of tweets offering some light relief...
The future of the legal profession in England and Wales: depressing or inspiring? [Standpoint]
Transfer of powers: legal question hangs over University of Law [Times Higher Education]
Man jailed for foul-mouthed rant at Leicester Crown Court judge [Leicester Mercury]
When it comes to hiring associates, are law firms doing it wrong? [Above the Law]
Full details of Leveson report schedule (due at around 1:30pm) [Levesoninquiry.org.uk]
David Cameron and fellow ministers blow £250,000 on legal advice to limit Leveson damage [The Mirror]
Manning lawyers report brig abuse [Morning Star]
Lawyer for one of 20 men accused in horrific gang-rape claims 11-year-old VICTIM was a 'spider' who lured men into her web [Mail Online]
As you may or may not know, Ed Miliband’s wife, Justine Thornton (pictured), is a barrister at 39 Essex Street Chambers – which is led by Leveson Inquiry heartthrob Robert Jay QC.
In case you missed it, Miliband spent yesterday afternoon at said inquiry being grilled by Jay.
The political blogger Guido Fawkes reckons this represents an "apparent conflict of interest" which "should see someone else interrogate the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition."
To reinforce his point, Fawkes – who, incidentally, was a surprise attendee at the April legal tweet-up at the Melton Mowbray pub in Holborn – added: "Imagine the fuss if Jay was Sam Cam’s boss…"
Barrister delivers annoying speech. Rival barrister rolls his eyes, turns to his junior and conspiratorially makes the international hand gesture for 'wanker'. Other lawyers spot gesture and, outraged, complain to the judge. The sort of implausible scene that you might get in BBC drama Silk, but never in real life, right?
Esteemed, assured, and trusted by the public; police officers make great witnesses. In court, that makes for lousy justice, writes The Law Horse, an anonymous criminal barrister...
This is not an attack on the police. They work to keep my family safe, our city free of trouble. I’m glad the police are there to protect me. What I cannot accept is their disproportionate influence in court.
The Bobby’s party-line opinion of the criminal justice system isn’t positive. Officers tend to greet barristers grudgingly, with an ingrained suspicion. From their pro-prosecution perspective, the independent status of most criminal barristers – instructed to represent defendant or Crown, as duty calls – is an abhorrence, a mercenary betrayal of their public protection principles. And we’re the lucky ones. Criminal solicitors can be regarded with disdain.