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Criminal lawyers make ‘boring’ dinner party guests, says judge

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Tells newspaper his wife insists on inviting only one at a time because ‘they cannot resist boasting about their triumphs’

A judge has told how his wife insists on inviting no more than one lawyer to their dinner parties because lawyers, particularly those in the criminal courts, “cannot resist boasting about their triumphs”.

In a letter to the editor of The Times (£), the judge says lawyers have a lot to answer for when it comes to “boring dinner parties”.

“My wife, not a lawyer, does her very best to avoid them and insists that we invite no more than one lawyer to any dinner party,” says the letter published in the newspaper on Sunday and signed “His Honour Simon Tonking” of Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire.

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“Her reason, which is sound, is that lawyers, particularly those in the criminal courts, cannot resist boasting about their triumphs, each of which they misguidedly think makes a cracking good story.”

The letter adds: “Any other lawyer present tries to cap that story with their own; and off we go. Or rather on and on we go. Add wine to the mix and we are unstoppable.”

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13 Comments

Omicron

Won’t be a problem for long 👍🏻

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British humour connoisseur

That dry wry British humour HAH

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Al

I avoid boasting about my triumphs by consistently losing.

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Scouser of Counsel

Funnily enough it’s my losses that make the more entertaining stories!

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Hear, Hear

I mean, he isn’t lying?

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meeklawyer

it’s true
lawyers have the habit of making / dominating the entire conversation.
other lawyers i have met, myself included, try to avoid being identified as lawyers in social settings. for fear of the barrage of a dozen questions about “can you help me with this issue” or “that issue” / free advice brigade

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Archibald Pomp O'City

“for fear of the barrage of a dozen questions about “can you help me with this issue”

That’s lawyers for you.

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Oz barrister

We do need to relax occasionally?

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Man's not wrong

Man’s not wrong

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Anna

This is Legal Cheek, not World Star Hip Hop. Calm down.

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Healthy Legal Professional

They don’t know how to have a normal conversation because they’re so wound up in their career and it’s all they can talk about. They think it’s admirable but this is what they tell themselves (nobody else tells them that). And then they wonder why they’re so miserable and working with so many other miserable people. Healthy people have a life separate from their career.

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Yazzy

With criminal lawyers, if you want a period of rest from their BS, ask them why they chose the job when it pays what everyone else at dinner makes in a month. Do it in a patronising way imply you are impressed they made such sacrifices for their vocation.

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Name

The criminal bar attracts certain personalities. That’s all I’ll say.

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