The best legal profession April Fools Day jokes

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By Thomas Connelly on

The news about Chris Grayling enrolling on the Graduate Diploma in Law wasn’t the only legal profession April Fools’ Day gag.


Chester law firm Aaron & Partners claims to have launched an app “aimed at individuals in a partnership agreement who want to expel one of their partners”. According to partnership law head Mark Briegal, the app enables unwanted partners to be “swiped out”.


Meanwhile in the Inns of Court, Pump Court Chambers barrister Matthew Scott reports on a maths test that barristers must soon sit. The Numeracy and Statistics Initiative Scheme, explains Scott, has been “inevitably dubbed ‘Nasti’ by its detractors”.


Elsewhere, family lawyers are celebrating the launch of a new “electronic” family court seal that makes the justice system “friendlier and less intimidating for children”. Despite the legal aid cuts, it has been designed by specialist graphic artists for “an undisclosed sum”.


From Australian legal mag Lawyers Weekly: a wristband that gives lawyers electric shocks if they fail to meet billable hours targets. According to the magazine it is working wonders on these shores:

“A UK firm is currently trialling the device on all 520 of its legal staff, including partners. The firm has already achieved a 200 per cent increase in productivity this month compared to the same time last year,” writes Lawyers Weekly.


And finally…a clothing revolution at Middle Temple.