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Top London barristers’ clerk caught on camera referring to lawyers as ‘poxy little firm up North’

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Michael Cross stars in new BBC ‘Swim the Channel’ documentary

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A top London barristers’ clerk has been caught on camera referring to what appears to be a group of unnamed lawyers as a “poxy little firm up North.”

Michael Cross — who stars in a new BBC documentary ‘Swim the Channel’ — made the cheeky comment while he was a clerk at London criminal set 4 Breams Buildings.

The footage (embedded below), which aired on the Beeb on Monday evening, shows Cross at work speaking to what appears to be a barrister on his office phone.

Unfazed by the TV crew filming his every move, Essex-born Cross — who moved to 9 Bedford Row chambers in October 2014 — can be heard saying:

It’s for a poxy little firm up North, that you’re never going to work for again. So don’t worry about it.

A keen swimmer, Cross was being filmed as he prepared to swim from England to France for a fifth time after a five year hiatus.

Cross declined to comment. 4 Breams Buildings did not respond to Legal Cheek’s request for comment.

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87 Comments

Shirley

When you have aged debt consisting of unpaid Nicole & dime jobs, you can understand what the clerk is talking about

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mdg

Nicole & Dime is actually the name of the poxy little firm up North.

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Anonymous

Its *nickel and dime. American currency. Good to see that being outside London equates to not being able to pay debts, despite London firms often being the most over-leveraged.

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Shirley

“Nickle”

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Shirley you’re not for real…….

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Anonymous

“Nickel”

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Top Commentator

Oh FFS – how is he a “top” clerk, exactly?

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Anonymous

*Bite*

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Ann

Please re read- it states ‘A top London barristers’ clerk ‘ NOT ‘A top clerk from A London barristers’.

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boom

I can tell you he is……more than you will ever be.

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Anonymous

Oh dear, Ann.

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A N other B Clerk

Top London Barristers clerk? He is vanarama, johnstone paint trophy, vauxhall conference standard at best!

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Anonymous

Looks more like Beazer Homes League, Zenith Data Systems Cup or Rumbelows Cup to me

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Anonymous

Possibly even the much missed Blue Square North

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Anonymous

To the average clerk, Colchester is “up North”.

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Anonymouse

He doesn’t look like a keen swimmer.

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Anonymous

He looks a bit like a fish.

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ALawyer

I believe he also says hello darling when answering the phone KK any comment?

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Anonymous

Is that a problem?

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Anonymous

Hi Michael!

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Mr Um Bongo

Splatterkake splatterkake beakers mon!

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Anonymous

And your point is??

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Mr Um Bongo

About six inches longer than yours, I recon!

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Anonymous

The wonderful part is that this exemplifies the real attitude of southern clerks about northern firms, and why there is a proliferation of incipid touting from little southern ourfits, doubtless at the instigation of the likes of him.

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Anonymous

Grow up,

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Southern pox ridden firm back side

Seriously.. does he really swim, our partake in any exercise at all??? Apart from the modern triathlon (pie munching, fanta drinking, poundland shopping)…

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Anonymous

You might want to watch the documentary. He’s one of the two swimmers who makes it across the Channel. And its the about the fifth time he’s done it.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Hello Mike.

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Anonymous

See that’s the problem with norther numpty law students they believe being malnourished makes then superior…

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Anonymous

No.. not eating an excessive amount of pies makes one superior…. btw, did he have a pie and a snickers ice-cream halfway across???

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Chas Chandler

Given the average junior criminal counsel up north has a diary that is at least twice as busy than those in London I’m happy to keep accepting work from those poxy northern firms thanks.

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Northern Counsel who now does civil

Yes, twice as busy trundling around isolated Mags Courts in the middle of black puddin country doing work they’ll never get paid for…

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Anonymous

Grow up and listen to what he actually said…..

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Anonymous

” Top London Barristers Clerk” More like Top F**king moron!!

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Anonymous

Keyboard warrior

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Anonymous

Keyboard coward

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Anonymous

Keyboard LEGEND

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Anonymous

Keyboard CHARLATAN

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Anonymous

Keyboard one-handed-typist!

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Anonymous

Keyboard upholsterer

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Anonymous

Keyboard ninja

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Anonymous

Keyboard Hassassin

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Anonymous

Keyboard commando

Anonymous

Keyboard skirmisher

Anonymous

Bunch of Keyboard warriors… I bet not 1 of you would say it to his face

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Anonymous

I have done. He’s abject.

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Anonymous

Doubt that

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Anonymous

No you haven’t…. You tell lies!!!!

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boom

The guy is powerful…..trust me

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Anonymous

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
A sect of lizard like creatures run all of the world’s most powerful organisations also.
Got any other good ones?

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Eunuch of Counsel

I did. He castrated me with a rusty bread knife for doing so.

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Anonymous

He is I bet none of these losers who post would dare speak to him like they post in person…

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Greggs

Good job he swims…. I made him go down near the fountain at Middle Temple

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Anonymous

All barristers clerks are morons.

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Anonymous

What a moronic tbing to say

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Anonymous

Thing*

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Anonymous

Cheers – that’s really nice of you

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Anonymous

The pleasure is all mine.

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Anonymous

You don’t get to call other people morons when you don’t know how to use an apostrophe.

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Billy Lamb

A sweeping statement above I assume he/she is a barrister????

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Lauren

Mike Cross is a fantastic clerk. Anyone that knows him will know that his comment is banter and it has been blown completely out of proportion. As a side note, I challenge you bullying keyboard warriors to swim the channel. I bet half of you couldn’t swim across a paddling pool.

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boom

I have worked with him for over 10 years….this guy is amazing…the real deal.

you lot are all either jealous or stupid.

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Richard Keys

That’s a legitimate defence. #jesuismichael

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Anonymous

What about the other half?

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Anonymous

“His comment is banter…”

Ah yes, our old friend banter. Weakest all-purpose excuse in the book.

Let’s face it, he said it. He may well have meant it. Only he knows if he was right or not!

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Alan

I shall have my vengeance! Down with the LC running dogs!

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Anonymous

Solid enough bantz.

Haters gonna hate, homie.

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Sonic boom

Mike, you’re reading all of the comments and responding under different names.
What is key to understand is that he knew the cameras were rolling. His chambers, as a consequence of publication, get bad press and yet he/some moron suggests he is good at his job.
I’m still laughing at the stupidity and lack of professionalism.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer human.

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Anonymous

Really – very naive..

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Martin

Honestly, who cares? Clerks (and barristers) say much worse every day. If this was sexist/racist/disability based, it’d be different. But ‘clerk rude about solicitor’ is about as newsworthy as ‘solicitor fails to send proper brief, give client sensible advice, or pay in time’.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Mika Thom

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Anonymous

thats really really funny

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Lord Harley

Take no notice Mike… Haters really will be haters… always a place up here for you at JAFLAS… xx ;-), xoxo

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Gogglebox

Who’s the bald fella sniggering at the end of the video clip??? Isn’t he that ex used car salesman who now has a show about product liability and intellectual property issues?? (i.e. knocked of s**t that burns your house down when you’re not looking…)

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Anonymous

Would you like to come and have a chat??

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Anonymous

what do you want to chat about bignose!!!

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Anonymous

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Chancerypupil

Since when is 4 Breams Buildings a top criminal set? They have to go out into chancery lane and high holborn with a giant net to round up new clients. Isnt this the sort of chambers where the pupils have to pay £60 a day to travel to Doncaster Mags for £20, with virtually no prospect of tenancy?

I dont think I would describe a set where the work distribution involves the senior clerk throwing a filthy meaty bone into the middle of a giant group of writhing and rabid junior tenants – with the lucky one who fights the others off and comes out with the bone in their mouth gets the £25 breif in Westminster Mags.

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Anonymous

You didn’t finish your ponderous final sentence.

Aren’t you the Oxbridge boaster and Chancery smugface? Christ, they’ll let anyone in these days.

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Chancery pupil

Didn’t go to oxbridge and dont even have a chancery pupillage I just do RTA’s for a firm in house in Lewisham:( this is my alter-ego which I use to live out my hopes and dreams. Damn it is hard for a Leeds Becket graduate to get pupillage these days :'(

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Sanjay Roy (Master to you, Plebs)

At least you didn’t study at Bournemouth College of Law and Hairdressing.

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Anonymous

this guy is a turd

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Hahahaha oh god

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa!!

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