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There is now a Lord Pannick QC clothing range

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No, seriously…

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Fans of Lord Pannick QC can now wear their admiration for the Blackstone Chambers barrister thanks to a new legally-themed clothing range.

The T-shirts — which have been created by University College London (UCL) law professor Richard Moorhead — feature an image of Pannick accompanied with the tagline “You say De Keyser, I say De Geezer”.

Legal Cheek is sure most of our legal affairs-loving readers will get the joke, but just in case you don’t, here’s a very brief explainer.

Earlier this week, during the well-publicised Brexit Supreme Court hearing, constitutional law specialist Pannick — who is acting for lead claimant Gina Miller — referenced the 1920 case of De Keyser, which considered the use of statutes to restrain prerogative power.

Bringing a momentary spell of light relief to proceedings, Pannick engaged in a spot of Supreme Court banter with the justices over the pronunciation of the case (a snippet of which can be seen below). Couple this with Pannick’s stunning demonstration of advocacy throughout the four-day hearing, and it’s only right that he be referred to as “De Geezer”.

But the T-shirt tomfoolery is all for a good cause. According to Moorhead — who had help from Blackstone Chambers in creating the clothing line — all proceeds will go to 11KBW barrister Sean Jones QC’s Billable Hour appeal, which is raising funds on behalf of Save the Children.

Pannick isn’t the first lawyer to inspire a range of garments.

Earlier this year, Legal Cheek brought you the news an underwear brand had named a set of its lingerie after Doughty Street Chambers barrister Amal Clooney’s maiden name. The “Alamuddin” black bra and pants combo features a “soft elastic leg” and “lace overlay”.

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And last, but by no means least, are Legal Cheek’s very own Lord Denning tees. Paying homage to everyone’s favourite “homeboy”, our classic unisex T-shirts have proven a hit with law students and lawyers alike. And with just 15 shopping days until Christmas, be sure to grab yours here.

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23 Comments

Anonymous

Hot Tee!

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Duncan Bannatyne

Ok, come on Alex, how many of these denning t shirts have you actually sold?

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Anonymous

They haven’t broken even yet.

They pooled their LPC cash to buy a truckload, thinking they would sell like hot cakes to hipster law students…

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Anonymous

Alex didn’t like your comment.

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Lord Harley

Do you sell them in XXXXL?

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The LC Sales Team

No, but you may be interested in our custom-built XXXXXXXXXXL size which is manufactured for us on special order by Millets.

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Gladiatrix

I was at a meeting at my Inn last night and of course this case came up in discussion. Pannick was mentioned but not on a flattering basis; on the contrary the advocacy trainers who were present and who had been watching him in the courtroom were shocked by how bad his advocacy and general conduct was. To quote one of them: ‘He was doing everything we tell students not to do; slouching over the bench; waving his hands everywhere; flirting with the judge’.
Given that Lord Neuberger has been one of the drivers of improved advocacy teaching to stop bad habits in the courtroom, contrary to received wisdom I doubt that this will have done Pannick any favours in his eyes.

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Pannickfanboy

Your advocacy trainers surely don’t have Pannick’s credentials. Now, who then ought we pay heed to?

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Not Amused

The Inn advocacy training obsessives can be an odd and mildly dictatorial lot.

I have been flirting with judges for years.

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Scouser of Counsel

I think once you’re a silk you can indulge a bit in that sort of thing as you have nothing to prove.

As a student I sat next to Lord Pannick once at a Gray’s Inn dinner and he was lovely. Totally unassuming.

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Anonymous

I was there that night. Over a late beer in the Cittie of Yorke he told me he had been seated next to a right dick of a student.

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Scouser of Counsel

Oh? And what year was that then? I call you out and put you to proof!

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Gladiatrix

Did I say that he was unpleasant?

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Gladiatrix

The whole point of the changes to advocacy training was to get rid of the bad habits of the senior members if the Bar like long-standing QCs, who pass on their bad habits. Pannick doesn’t qualify for an exemption or special treatment when it is the barristers of his generation who have led to years of the public being let down in court.

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Not Amused

Nonsense. The whole point of the changes to advocacy training was to:

1) pretend the Inns still had a valid role in education,
2) give ambitious people the opportunity to puff out their CV for QC or Judicial application, and
3) to satisfy a need certain people have to pretend that there is one form of advocacy and to control others.

I think you will find it difficult to suggest that Lord Pannick has let down the public with his advocacy.

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Anonymous

“Who then ought we pay heed to”? Who are you? Yoda?

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Rupert Meyrs

Because there is only one style of advocacy which works…….

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Anonymous

“I was at a meeting at my Inn last night and of course this case came up in discussion. Pannick was mentioned but not on a flattering basis; on the contrary the advocacy trainers who were present and who had been watching him in the courtroom were shocked by how bad his advocacy and general conduct was. To quote one of them: ‘He was doing everything we tell students not to do; slouching over the bench; waving his hands everywhere; flirting with the judge’.”

I bet that was at Lincoln’s. Certainly sounds like the sort of thing people there would say.

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Anonymous

Advocacy ‘trainers’ tend to be failed barristers.

Those who can’t, teach.

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Anonymous

And those who can’t teach, teach PE.

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Gladiatrix

What utter rubbish. Funnily enough we make a point of having our advocacy training provided by barristers with very successful practices. Students tend to prefer that.

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Anonymous

Terrible t-shirt

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Anonymous

This t-shirt underlines why we should have image rights in this country.

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