On Friday we revealed that the directors of the company behind an event charging wannabe barristers for pupillage application advice are Tooks Chambers barristers Naeem Mian and Sultana Tafadar. Not keen to be associated with such behaviour, one of Tooks' star silks, Hugh Southey QC, today took to Twitter with the aim of distancing himself... Read more »
The website TopCriminalQC.co.uk seems like a spoof. But Michael Wolkind QC's chambers, 2 Bedford Row, have confirmed (with a weary sigh) that it's real...
The website TopCriminalQC.co.uk seems like a spoof. But Michael Wolkind QC's chambers, 2 Bedford Row, have confirmed (with a weary sigh) that it's real... TopCriminalQC.co.uk's highlights include: A further boast, in addition to the "UK's top barrister" claim, that Wolkind is "widely recognised as the UK’s top criminal trial barrister and top criminal appeals barrister".... Read more »
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.
It started with this proud tweet from John Cooper QC. Which was followed by this similarly proud tweet from Kirsty Brimelow QC...
This is one of those 'Wow, just wow!' stories. It has two strands, which come together in the most bizarre way. Last spring, a flamboyant Twitter character called Banffers QC (whose old avatar photo is pictured, left) caused a storm when he was outed as a fake after offering several law students "pupillages at his... Read more »
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... Read more »
"The House of Commons is not representative of the electorate," began a high-minded letter in yesterday's Guardian. The missive, whose signatories included Michael Mansfield QC, John Cavanagh QC, Sean Jones QC and Robin Allen QC, continued: "The House of Commons has 650 MPs. Of these 650, there are 504 male MPs, so women are seriously... Read more »
A "wholly unjustified and unreasonable" decision to prosecute a small law firm for supposed failure to comply with the new Code of Conduct has left Andrew Hopper QC of the view that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is becoming increasingly dysfunctional
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... There is one character, though, who comes across as... Read more »
As a coroner struggled to work her new iPad at an inquest for a man who had died in hospital after equipment failures, Stephen Miller QC sniffed an opportunity for a brilliant gag. The technophobe coroner should "make sure the oxygen switch was switched on", quipped 1 Crown Office Row’s resident comic genius, who was... Read more »
On Monday, Lucy Reed, a barrister at St John’s Chambers in Bristol, was surprised to read in The Times that she was acting in a complex international dynastic "feud" with Cherie Blair – and had been appointed a QC. Immediately Reed (pictured) took to her blog, pinktape.co.uk, writing: "Anyone got ANY idea who they have... Read more »
Rule one of PR: you can’t shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. Unfortunately, nobody told this to Matrix Chambers’ newly appointed silk David Wolfe QC. Wolfe’s PR troubles began on 2 March, just after the QC awards were made, when Ashurst partner Piers Warburton posted onto his website a story about the... Read more »
RollOnFriday’s story about newly appointed silk David Wolfe QC (pictured) signing a letter in 2003 calling for the QC system to be abolished was a good one. But it didn’t feel quite right. Having described the system as “elitist” and “an opportunity to add another zero to your brief fee”, RollOnFriday – which is 50% owned... Read more »
The congratulations email received by today’s new QCs comes with...a bill for £4,200 (inclusive of VAT), plus a £215 ‘Letters Patent Fee’, taking the total sum payable by the legal hotshots to a cool £4,415. And when’s it due? ‘Immediately'. A copy of the email is below.
The title of non-practising barrister needs to be given more weight to reflect Bar school graduates' educational achievements, argues OccupyTheInns In his Legal Cheek article last week Simon Myerson QC referred to me as an “anonymous paralegal”. This was saddening because Mr Myerson – whose work I had hitherto regarded with the upmost respect –... Read more »
Jeremy Hopkins, a clerk at a top commercial chambers, responds to last week’s controversial piece about pupil barristers by Simon Myerson QC I have been reading with interest the variety of enlightening views expressed on the subject of pupillage funding in the recent articles and comments on Legal Cheek. While I share the reservations of... Read more »
Cycling-mad barrister Martin Porter QC has rounded on a safe cycling campaign launched by The Times in response to a serious injury suffered by one of its reporters. Porter (pictured), who was recently in the news for helping to get a motorist convicted for abusing him while on his bike, has “concerns about the way... Read more »