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Only a barrister could describe a man sneezing on the Tube like this

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Ironically, it went viral

A Littleton Chambers barrister’s homage to a mighty sneeze-stifler on his morning commuter has gone totally viral, garnering more than 9,000 retweets and 46,000 likes.

The Twitter thread in question came courtesy of Jamie Susskind, a first-class Oxford graduate and the son of well-known futurologist Richard Susskind (the man who wrote The End of Lawyers?). It followed the young barrister’s more-eventful-than-usual commute into work:

Yes, we know, sounds like a bog-standard rush hour commute. And it was, until:

So what was it that Susskind — who in 2016 featured on the Hottest Junior Barristers List — saw? Well:

Unfortunately for our unwitting soon-to-be sneezer, attempts to suppress the urge aren’t working. “He’s trying his best,” Susskind concedes, “but I can see that he is ultimately powerless. Like a gathering storm, the sneeze cannot be resisted. It is a force of nature.” The thread continues:

The teenager’s head jerking back and Angry Scouse Lady’s eyes widening, a deafening, powerful and, um, wet sneeze seems inevitable. But read on:

It’s a rollercoaster ride perhaps reminiscent of some of the employment, commercial and public disputes Susskind encounters in his practice, and it’s captured the attention of the public. Alongside tens of thousands of likes and retweets, the thread has attracted comments including “that really has made me cry with laughter” and “this has to be the tweet thread of the year so far“. Bravo, Susskind.

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25 Comments

Scouser of Counsel

“When I boarded, a lady with a strong Liverpudlian accent had started yelling at the guy next to her for squashing her arm.”

That’s because on Merseyrail, Liverpool’s tube system, the trains are bigger and nearly everyone gets a seat!

As such, this lady is probably used to a more refined commute than the subterranean cattle trucks that Londoners have to endure!

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Anonymous

““When I boarded, a lady with a strong Liverpudlian accent had started yelling at the guy next to her for squashing her arm.”

That’s because on Merseyrail, Liverpool’s tube system, the trains are bigger and nearly everyone gets a seat!

As such, this lady is probably used to a more refined commute than the subterranean cattle trucks that Londoners have to endure!”

There are surely no actual “commuters” in Liverpool?

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Anonymous

Of course there are no commuters in Liverpool. The trains are full of unemployed men riding round Merseyside without tickets shouting “gizza job, mate?” out of the broken windows of the aging rolling stock….

Oh sorry, I forgot for a moment that it’s not 1982!

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Anonymous

There may be more room, but the trains are still steam powered, aren’t they?

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Manc of Counsel

Nah- horse-drawn!

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Anonymous

Don’t try to become a barrister unless your father is also a world famous talking head and public intellectual.

You won’t get anywhere.

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Anonymous

“Don’t try to become a barrister unless your father is also a world famous talking head and public intellectual.

You won’t get anywhere.”

If only it was still like this!

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Anonymous

Tbf his Littleton profile says that he got the top first in Cambridge. So I’d say he probably got in on his own merits.

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Anonymous

*Oxford, apologies

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Anonymous

Great morning read 🙂

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Private Solicitor

Much more interesting than anything Susskind Snr has ever said/written.

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Anonymous

100%. Must get it from his mother.

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Anonymous

“Ironically, it went viral”

That’s not what irony is. That’s an amusing coincidence, almost the opposite of irony.

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Anonymous

It’s like rayeee-aiiiiiiin, on your wedding day…..

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Anonymous

What do you expect from blogger trash, mastery of the English language?

That being said, we should thank them for providing these comment sections: it really is a cathartic opportunity for repressed law students and professionals alike who are afraid of lashing out without the veil of anonymity.

So thank you LC for being our virtual punching bags, and good luck with your 5th round of Vac Scheme applications.

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Dave Barrister

It can be ironic in this context since the stifled sneeze, the focus of the story, wholly prevented viral spread.

Too quick to complain and dismiss the subtle humour of Legal Cheek…

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Ollie

I sneezed once, my nose hurt afterwards!

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Anonymous

A shame that the article reporting the stylish and witty twitter thread is devoid of any style or wit.

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Henry mostyn

Don’t upset Alex! He’s a delicate flower with a delicate prissy asshole that gets breached like always 🍼

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Barrister on the rock[s]

It was funny, but where did he get the time to write it? That’s what I want to know.

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Anonymous

Any good clerk knows to factor in a counsel’s time for Twitter/Facebook rants when negotiating fees for a brief, along with the drafting time for the empty apology letters when said counsel is inevitably caught calling the client or instructing solicitor incompetent. Good clerking is worth every penny.

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Solicitor

Yeah I know right!

I didn’t have time for a shower this morning because I’m soo super busy you know! I spent 23 hours a day for the last 8 weeks working out how to turn off caps lock. Currently making time by writing a case summary with my left foot.

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Anonymous

This article reminds me just how much I hate the Northern line during rush hour. Which makes me ask the questions: what’s it like being a commercial barrister outside of London? I’m interested in the commercial bar in bigger cities like Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester. I’m especially interested to see how they bill.

I know there’s some established commercial sets outside of London such as Guildhall and St Johns Chambers in Bristol, Kings Chambers in Manchester, and Exchange chambers in Liverpool. Can anyone give insights to what life is like in any of these? As a potential future move I’m particularly interested in Bristol (my heart will always be in the South).

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Anonymous

It’s a myth. There is no commercial work outside London.

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Pantman

Someone give Susskind some work, he obviously has nothing better to do with his time.

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