The good news for actor Rupert Penry-Jones, who plays barrister Clive Reader in hit BBC drama Silk, is that his character has finally been made a QC — as you can see below. The bad news is that he was forced to miss yesterday's historic Wimbledon final for the filming of the third series...
This is how the filming looked, with Falcon Chambers re-branded 'Shoe Lane Building' for the day.
However, the eagle-eyed will have noticed that the 'Shoe Lane Chambers' ladder (pictured above top) — which features the names of Reader, fellow star barrister Martha Costello and clerk Billy Lamb — appears to have been placed on top of the real one belonging to Goldsmith Chambers.
Pictures by @SeeYouInCourt1.
Young people are overconfident slackers who don’t have a clue about the real world, new research has revealed.
The joint study by the Financial Skills Partnership and Career Academies UK focuses in particular on youths’ ignorance about the growing number of school-leaver apprenticeship options being offered by large organisations.
It found that young people "believed they had a high level of awareness of apprenticeships, but further questioning revealed their knowledge was inaccurate and shallow".
The findings also suggested that young people were unthinkingly choosing university in favour of other options, such as unemployment.
Various top law firms, including Kennedys, DWF, and Pinsent Masons, have launched apprenticeships over the last couple of years. The programmes see school-leavers qualify as lawyers via the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) route.
Views about CILEX qualification vary – often provoking fierce debate among members of the legal profession, as I outlined in this piece for Guardian Law.
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Silk returned for its second series last night, enraging the country’s more pedantic legal professionals – many of whom took to Twitter to vent their spleen at the show with outbursts along the lines of:
But there’s no such thing as female robing rooms!?
How dare they suggest our ethics could be compromised by the legal aid cuts!?
Judges can’t tell juries to find people guilty, god dammit!
We would never, ever use a euphemism like “swimming in the ladies pond”!
Meanwhile, there has been a huge spike in LLB, GDL, LPC and BPTC applications as a generation of youngsters aspire "to be the next Martha Costello".