Legal Cheek’s big fat quiz of the year 2018

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A look back at some of the top news stories over the past 12 months — but how much do you remember?

With another action-packed year slowly drawing to a close, now seems as good a time as any to look back at some of 2018’s more headline-grabbing stories. So put your vac scheme applications to one side, stick the kettle on, and put your knowledge of legal affairs to the test in Legal Cheek’s big fat quiz of the year.


Criminal solicitor Ita Farrelly became a first-tier tribunal judge at the start of the year — but what age was she?

a) 18
b) 23
c) 32
d) 86


An artist hit headlines in February after unveiling plans to build what in honour of May Donoghue of Donoghue v Stevenson fame?

a) A swimming pool in the shape of a ginger beer bottle
b) A bronze statue of May Donoghue
c) The world’s largest snail sculpture
d) The word ‘TORT’ in large Hollywood-style lettering on a hill just outside the Scottish town of Paisley


A junior solicitor quit the legal rat race in March to pursue her dream. What was it?

a) A cliff diver
b) A clown
c) Lizz Truss’ cheese supplier
d) An olympic skeleton bob


A Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) handbook, which came to light earlier this year and was produced by BPP Law School, advised students to what during their advocacy assessments?

a) Not wear “kinky boots”
b) Ideally, wear double-breasted or three-piece jackets
c) Avoid showing cleavage
d) All of the above


Slaughter and May terminated the training contract offers of two future trainees at the start of the summer — but what for?

a) Failing modules on the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
b) Using ‘&’ instead of ‘and’ when referring to the firm’s name in a document
c) Failing modules on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
d) They both accidentally completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)


In June, junior solicitor Rosie Williams hit headlines for her appearance on…

a) I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
b) Love Island
c) Celebrity Juice
d) The UK Supreme Court’s live stream


A “highly-regarded” QC placed an advertisement online seeking an aspiring barrister to do what earlier this year?

a) Teach them to dance
b) Carry their wig
c) Keep their prize pet parrot company while they attend court
d) Walk their dog


At the start of August, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed it had selected ________ to run the new super-exam.

a) BPP Law School
b) The University of Law
c) Michael Gove
d) Kaplan


Kim Kardashian is a what, according to Kanye West.

a) Lawyer
b) Judge
c) Law student
d) Lord Chancellor


Legal history was made in October with the Supreme Court’s first ever…

a) Dance competion
b) Football team
c) Female majority bench
d) Televised case


A partner at Hogan Lovells was suspended in November — but what did he allegedly do?

a) Rented his office out
b) A lawyer from Irwin Mitchell spotted him watching porn in his office
c) Redecorated his office without the firm’s permission
d) Smoked a cigar in his office


A law firm in Australia hit headlines this month for doing what to a photograph of its trainees?

a) Photoshopped champagne glasses out of their hands over fears it gave off the wrong impression
b) Photoshopped ties onto the male trainees
c) Photoshopped smiles onto the trainees’ faces
d) Used a stock image instead of a real photograph of the trainees

Click through for the answers.

Happy Christmas from the Legal Cheek team! Thanks for reading and commenting, and we’ll see you in 2019.



Ridiculous – all the answers are A)



An 18 year old judge? You crackhead.



I know a crackhead



Have you ever tried it? No, didn’t think so. Another lawyer who thinks they know everything.



Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn 2019!!

A supertax on moneylaw!!

Solidarity with Palestine!!





Bonus question

The firm Greenberg Glusker LLP is?

a) A top, top, top of the pops, totally-no-added-sugar, SS Titanic of a towering titan

b) A middling LA-based media firm who as we speak are seeking an injunction against Legal Cheek in the QB

c) A joke that has got way out of hand

d) All of the above









The Legal Cheek comments section is a Russian troll farm.



Anon, Anon, Anon…..I mean, I know you’re a sophisticated guy.

The internet is a mess. The internet is as angry as it gets. What? You think a little Russian trolling is gonna cause more anger? The internet is an angry place. All of thissssss has happened, The internet is a total mess, take a look at what’s happening in this comment section, on facebook and instagram.

The internet is a mess, Anon.



You just up voted your own comment. Welcome to Legal Cheek.



no its was a russian troll. at least stay consistent with your theories



You got me!

Special Russian coffee will be sent to your house as a prize. In these cold days, please remember to keep warm turning on the hot air-con in your car.

I will part with a message of tolerance my uncle Joseph used to tell me:
– I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it in SIberia



No it isn’t, and that comment is racist.



I mean at least make it interactive






Betch get etched ay?



Wot no Lord Harley?

Maybe next year when the lard bucket gets sent to prison.


A fellow Judge of the Privy Arbital Court


What has he done that would merit a prison sentence?



Your secretary is a man?



Cattle mate



Let us all acknowledge the very expensive costs of the LPC and it’s reliance on a training contract versus the CILEX route that gets you admitted without even doing a TC!!! Which thankfully is what the SQE is all about.




Before anyone thinks I’m being inappropriate, from the Muff Diving Club in Co Donegal, of course.


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