One to watch: Pupil barrister racks up hundreds of followers just days after launching anonymous Twitter account

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Secret lawyer community grows

A pupil barrister in their second six has become the latest lawyer to join Twitter under the veil of anonymity. ‘One Of The Pupils’ says they have plenty to share, and intrigue has seen him or her rack up hundreds of followers in just a few days.

One Of The Pupils told Legal Cheek they set up the account to be “more honest” than they could do in their own name. They added:

“The bar is also still very old fashioned, and as a junior person who hasn’t ‘proved they deserve respect’, it feels like you aren’t entitled to challenge the bar without being seen as arrogant.”

Just a couple of weeks in, One Of The Pupils has so far shared with their 306 followers their struggle with “imposter syndrome”, as well as the “adrenaline come down” they experienced after a trial was adjourned. Their first ever tweet read:

And the novelty of being on their feet still hasn’t worn off.

One Of The Pupils is far from the first lawyer to use an anonymous Twitter account as their soapbox.

A few weeks ago, The Secret Solicitor emerged, revealing to Legal Cheek that he (and he is a he) had adopted the Twitter handle to get things off his chest and impart a little knowledge. He’s now garnered a follow count of about 1,300. He follows in the footsteps of the Secret Pupil and family judge Ms Justice Prevailed.

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There’s also the likes of Brenda the Usher, who presents a different view of the justice system than that of her legally-trained counterparts. She has almost 4,000 followers.

But the top dog in the big wide world of anonymous legal musings is, of course, The Secret Barrister.

Since joining Twitter in 2015, the humble criminal barrister has become a social media star, a well-respected blogger and has recently published a book which the legal profession has gone doolally over. Copies of the text, which explores the criminal justice system and why it’s failing its users, are set to be sent to all 650 MPs following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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I know who it is….

And I’m not going to tell anyone!


The Brown Knight

I’m not going to ask you…


Secret Legal Executive

My Twitter is coming soon! Can’t wait to tell you all about the time I left the office eat 5:01pm, and the time I was asked to photocopy double sided!



Yeah…people don’t become interesting just because their identity is secret.

They become interesting when they demonstrate that they have interesting things to say.


The Secret Pupil

Ooh. I’ve just been in front of a scary District Judge at X Magistrates’ Court.

He/she/ze asked me all sorts of questions on the Criminal Procedure Rules that I couldn’t answer and got shouty.

I peed my knickers like a little girl and am now crying in the toilets.


Jones Day Equity Partner

Come and join us!

There’ll be no objections to you peeing your panties here!





Why hello Alex, didn’t realise you bagged a pupillage after all!


Mr (Optional)

If a pupil has time to curate a Twitter account then chambers isn’t working them hard enough and/or they aren’t prepping their trials properly. Off to a BSB Fitness to Practice hearing for him/her. Immediately!



Who preps a mags trial? That is. It how pupillage works.



Be honest, were you having an epileptic fit when you typed this?


bundle of authorities

“One [of the pupils] to watch” – but for how long? Another six? Two?

Quite forethoughtful.



How can they be watched if we don’t know who ze are?



Paranoid schizophrenia. I got it a couple years ago and I haven’t looked back since !!



I can see from your eyes that you’re a nice person.

I’m seeing them right now.


Ciaran Goggins

Was it in The Guardian?


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