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The Secret Barrister unmasked in London burger joint

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They are a 30-something Comprehensive school-educated non-Oxbridge grad, it emerges during daring interview

The identity of the blogging barrister who is captivating the legal profession is a step closer to being revealed after they did a daring in-person interview at a central London fast food joint.

The revealing insight into the person behind The Secret Barrister will be published in tomorrow’s Financial Times as part of its popular Lunch with the FT series.

Here is the key section, taken from the online edition (£) when the Secret Barrister walks into Tommi’s Burger Joint in Marylebone, central London:

“At 10 past 1pm, a casually dressed individual of slight build, aged somewhere between 30 and 40, comes into view. The Secret Barrister looks me in the eye and extends a hand.

“I can lay to rest the theory that the SB is a trio of bloggers, as well as the rather more outlandish one that points the finger at Keir Starmer, the bouffant Labour Brexit spokesman and former director of public prosecutions. Otherwise, it is safe to reveal only a few personal details. Comprehensive school, law degree — not Oxbridge — followed by Bar school and nearly a decade as ‘a jobbing criminal hack’.”

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Speculation about the identity of the Secret Barrister is raging in the robing rooms and chambers of England & Wales. With around 13,500 practising, self-employed barristers, approximately 25% of which specialise in criminal law, the news that the Secret Barrister is aged between 30-40, is of slight build and didn’t go to Oxbridge or a private school will narrow down the pool of potential authors significantly.

Add to that the likelihood that the Secret Barrister is a man — 60% of barristers are male, and SB referred to his moustache in his early days of blogging — and there seems to be a very real chance that they could be identified.

At present, “nobody knows in the industry” who the Secret Barrister is, according to the FT interview. If that were to change, the Secret Barrister says that “in reality I wouldn’t be able to keep practising and writing … I would inevitably feel compromised in the writing and would either have to jack that in altogether or leave the Bar, neither of which I want to do.”

So maybe for the sake of everyone — readers, the legal aid bar who he has done a great job of championing and ultimately their own barrister career — it’s better that the secret never gets out. But perhaps permanent anonymity isn’t part of the Secret Barrister’s grand plan.

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44 Comments

An Barrister

Scary, that description could be me to a T- save I’m morbidly obese!

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Just Anonymous

So…the SB hasn’t actually been unmasked then?

Oh Legal Cheek, when will I stop falling for your click-bait…

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Anonymous

I think it’s judge hobosexual. Upvote if you agree!

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Insider...

I heard it was Marc Brown 187FS

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Anonymous

No, FT says he is of ‘slight build’

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Anonymous

In the early days she also referred to wearing a low cut top to court.

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Shoahnanas

Could well be Keir Starmer, who is another sanctimonious left-wing bore.

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Anonymous

I am the secret barrister…

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Anonymous

No, I am the secret barrister!

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Anonymous

You are both liars, for it is I, who is the secret barrister…

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Scep Tick

I’m the Secret Barrister and so’s my wife.

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Not The Secret Barrister... or am I...?

Clickbait.

Not unmasked at all.

Field narrowed down, perhaps, but not unmasked.

Shame!

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Anonymous

Masked or unmasked the real question is why are so many criminals receiving free legal advice?

There must be a recognition that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

The more criminals in jail the better our great country will be.

Better to cut legal aid entirely and spend the money on the NHS

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Trumpenkrieg

Agreed!! At last some realism that is not politically correct!

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Anonymity

Definitely- legal aid is a waste of money it’s the NHS people really care about. Why can’t dopey criminal lawyers wake up to that fact!!!!!!

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Demos Craticus

The Secret Barrister.

Question, are barristers just well paid drones – the bourgeois – the out of touch bourgeois at that?

It shocks me how the law is just filled with these elitists, mostly middle class and upper middle class. Well-dressed buffoons. I wonder how many of them actually have a law degree.

Legal aid a waste of money? The secret family courts make child care and adoption orders like they’re on a check-out till. ‘Best interests’ of the child, check. Go and live with a complete stranger for life, check. There is more to law than criminal law than commercial law, than any other law. It is the family court who abuse their powers. This is what lack of legal aid means in effect. Families being part of a ‘live’ social engineering experiment based on the paradoxical moral virtues of the corrupt system. ‘Threshold,’ anyone. Threshold of significant harm, oh not today, how about, tomorrow, ok how about the next day. Ok, judge, you just tell us when the threshold has been met – as it is clearly ‘Name that Harm!’ You lot keep living in your privileged little worlds. However, do spare a moment to wonder why the lower social classes (who are not correlated with being legal professionals) were generally likely vote for Br-exit.

Society is segregated – for what purpose.

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Anonymous

Interesting questions that indicate you are either 14 or that you have never met a barrister in your life.

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Anonymous

Fuck off mate

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Anonymous

‘Are barristers just well paid drones?’
No, no they’re not

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Anonymous

Yes, not well paid. Drones maybe.

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Anonymous

Another spammy post and very often the links they provide on social media sharing don’t relate to the content being shared… giving up on reading now.

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Anonymous

Has anyone considered whether the secret barrister is transgender?

No because you’re all TRANSPHOBES

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Corbyn.Sympathiser

If the secret barrister was transgender, it would hardly be a secret. Didn’t think of that, did you: Dick-wad!

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Anonymous

Why wouldn’t it be a secret. Because trans people are not entitled to privacy, they are circus freaks according to you? Unlike your perverted fantasies, I think most people in the 21st century have most past those antiquated prejudices. Take a long hard look at yourself you nazi.

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TERF and proud

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

No one likes you. Shut up and go away.

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Anonymous

Oh but aren’t you looking to help the poor and the downtrodden, to do good for society along with Corbo? Well now your true nature is revealed, you are just a bitter, power hungry douchebag and you are in it for yourself. It’s exactly why socialism doesn’t work.

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Corbyn.Sympathiser

Yeah; whats your point?

Socialism does help poor people. But many people need to work hard to help them. Its only fair those people at the top should be justly rewarded for helping the poor people at the bottom. Thats how socialism works.

So yes, it might well be that some people in Government live in nice houses and get high rewards. But less people at the bottom live in poverty.

It works. You just need to bring people in line. Marx said the law and state would wither away. That was the only thing he was wrong about. You need to force people to get in line for their own good.

Do children want to go to bed early? No! Is it good for them? Yes.

Do people want to live under communist rule? No. Is it good for them? Yes.

We need Corbyn to get hold of the reins of power so he can use the state to effect change and bring in socialism so the people will be better off.

If you know anything about capitalism and communism you will accept a bit of force is necessary sometimes. There are likely to be more deaths by letting Starbucks carry on business offshore than a few deaths by the hands of the secret police in bringing people in line for the good of society…

Love you little beard man 🙂

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Trumpenkrieg

What are you talking about???

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Jonny

Communist rule is good for people???

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Thanks for lightening up my day.

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Corbyn.Sympathiser

Don’t say things like that unless you have the balls to back it up.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Weirdo

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Corbyn.Sympathiser

Weirdo!

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Corbin.Sympathiser

Yes please. Make sure as many BBCs join in as possible

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Anonymous

What is going on???

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Corbyn.Sympathiser

I said it already:

Socialism does help poor people. But many people need to work hard to help them. Its only fair those people at the top should be justly rewarded for helping the poor people at the bottom. Thats how socialism works.

So yes, it might well be that some people in Government live in nice houses and get high rewards. But less people at the bottom live in poverty.

It works. You just need to bring people in line. Marx said the law and state would wither away. That was the only thing he was wrong about. You need to force people to get in line for their own good.

Do children want to go to bed early? No! Is it good for them? Yes.

Do people want to live under communist rule? No. Is it good for them? Yes.

We need Corbyn to get hold of the reins of power so he can use the state to effect change and bring in socialism so the people will be better off.

If you know anything about capitalism and communism you will accept a bit of force is necessary sometimes. There are likely to be more deaths by letting Starbucks carry on business offshore than a few deaths by the hands of the secret police in bringing people in line for the good of society…

Long live the little beard man …

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Anonymous

The comments section gets stranger by the day

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Anonymous

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Bác mẹ sinh ra phận ốc nhồi.
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Quân tử có thương thì bóc yếm.
Xin đừng ngó ngoáy lỗ trôn tôi.

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Ciaran Goggins

Which part of ‘Nam are you from?

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Judge hobosexual

Shut up, I could sentence you to 3 1/7 months of spanking a 85 yo woman every weekend (inclusive) for insulting my majestic person!!

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Judge hobosexual

And that’s calendar months, none of this 28 days BS. Don’t ask me what 1/7 of 30 days is, I’m a judge and a hobo not an accountant

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Judge Hobosexual

WTF. I am like proper nuts init

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Ciaran Goggins

He failed to impress me. Conflates support for Tommy Robinson and free speech with being a neo Nazi. Also, got it wrong on some high profile cases.

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Barrister’s Secret

Fuck this. I want to know who Shit Barrister is.

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