Legal book of the day [Twitter via David Allen Green]
More shenanigans on prisoner votes [UK Human Rights Blog]
Ignoring PACE was not 'brave' [Law Society Gazette]
Savile: Can a lawyer help an independent investigation into their client? [Lawyer Watch]
Ex-Clifford Chance lawyer on the perils of anonymous blogging [The Blog That Peter Wrote]
The Telegraph's Andrew Gilligan goes on offensive against blogger's evidence he was hoaxed by fake QC [The Telegraph (see comments)]
Clifford Chance accounts reveal bumper pay of management committee [The Lawyer]
International Bar Association (IBA) conference is "sterile talking shop" that’s "about thinking of better ways to make money", says Law Society Gazette editor Paul Rogerson [Law Society Gazette]
IBA conference fact: only about 50 of 5,200 delegates bothered to turn up for an interview with the UN 'special rapporteur on torture' Juan Mendez
Wife of judge suspended after video of him beating his cerebral palsy daughter was posted online tries to block his return to the bench [Mail Online]
Fears for missing Syrian lawyer Khalil Ma'touq [Amnesty International UK]
Don't be afraid to take on the law [Huffington Post UK]
Most students at law school have 'no hope of a job' – Evening Standard
Should you mention mitigating circumstances in applications to law firms? – Target Jobs
Legally privileged, but the door is open – The Guardian
Thug convicted after boasting on Facebook: I think I got away with it – Daily Express
Darwinian times – Law Society Gazette
David Cameron defends secret courts and web monitoring plans – BBC
‘Britain is overrun by paedophiles and their legally-aided human rights solicitors’ – The Sun
Biggest dissatisfaction is with lawyers' costs – The Law Society Gazette
Jury sent out in trial of man accused of murdering solicitor – This is North Devon
For the legions of training contract hunters out there, being a lawyer is a dream. But it’s not a job that makes everyone happy. The British Hollywood actor Gerard Butler (pictured), who started out as a trainee solicitor with Edinburgh corporate law firm Morton Fraser, didn't enjoy his time in the legal profession.
“If I’d continued in the law, I don’t think I’d be alive today,” Butler told The Times on Saturday. “I was 27, I’d passed my degree and was working as a trainee solicitor, but I was heading down the wrong path and drinking far too much. The week before I was due to qualify, I got really wrecked at the Edinburgh Festival and was sacked. I now know that this was covering up the truth and that I was very unhappy with where I was headed.”
Butler wanted to be acting, not assisting companies with contracts. In a previous interview, he told Scotland on Sunday of his heartbreak at watching a Fringe production of Trainspotting as a trainee lawyer “because I thought 'this will never be me'." He added: “those days were incredibly miserable for me because I was trapped. Not even trapped in a law firm...but I was trapped in my life, I was trapped in my head, I didn't know how to make myself happy."
Legal Cheek is watching you…
Smugly delivered tired gag of the week
@ZASaunders (family law barrister Zoe Saunders)
"law students: #Starbucks job news means that even if you can't be a barrister you can be a barista - it's all in the pronunciation "
Elsewhere, a high-profile barrister tries to be funny without offending anyone too important
@ksjr4(Kirsty Brimelow QC) going courageously head-to-head with the Old Bailey’s catering staff:
"Just had Old Bailey fish. Always a slight risk towards the end of the week..."
On Friday, I was shopping online for flights to Marrakesh for my holidays. But try as I might, I just couldn’t find the flight booking menu on the easyJet website. Then I realised I wasn’t on easyJet.com at all. Instead, I’d navigated in error to the remarkably similar-looking RollOnFriday.com.