Barrister used driving licence to eat pasta lunch after court security confiscated his fork

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By Thomas Connelly on

‘What a forkin nuisance!’

A mock-up of what it might have looked like

A barrister reportedly ate his lunch with a driving licence earlier this week after court security allegedly confiscated his fork.

Guy Bowden, a criminal barrister at London’s Red Lion Chambers, took to Twitter this morning to reveal that a colleague of his had used his plastic driving licence to eat his pasta-based grub.

Bowden did not reveal the identity of his colleague, however, did tell Legal Cheek that it occured at Kingston Crown Court (yes, Kingston Crown Court of mad meal deal fame).

Rounding off his tweet with the hashtag #lifeatthebar, Bowden’s bizarre (yet completely believable) online anecdote garnered several responses from lawyers.

Saira Ramadan, an employment specialist at Capsticks, suggested a couple of pens would make excellent emergency chopsticks.

Law student and aspiring barrister, Chris Wallace, recalled the time an overzealous security guard confiscated his pencil.

Another user couldn’t quite believe what she was reading.

While criminal solicitor Steve George couldn’t resist a cheeky fork-based gag.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has been approached for comment.

This isn’t the first time the alleged actions of court security staff have graced the pages of Legal Cheek.

Earlier this year, we reported that Adam King, a barrister at QEB Hollis Whiteman, had revealed on Twitter that a colleague of his had to conduct a hearing in bare feet after she had her shoes confiscated by guards for being “too spiky”. Following enquiries, HMCTS said it was unable to “evidence of this” and stressed “it isn’t policy to confiscate shoes.

In March, 42 Bedford Row family law barrister Siân Smith tweeted that her plastic knife and fork had been nabbed by security, while late last year an academic claimed one of his law students had their notebook confiscated by court staff.