Archive for May 23rd, 2007

From The Desk of Matt Muttley, Managing Partner

Eva Braun, my PA, told me some time ago that senior City lawyers are being appointed as Deans of Law Schools. This is to be encouraged – particularly if it removes them from the corporate law gene pool.

I am, endorsing this ‘transferability between practice and academe’, delighted to announce that Muttley Dastardly LLP has appointed Professor Strangelove, a noted jurist (and identical twin), to our management board. Dr Strangelove will be heading up our CPD training unit and will also be responsible for monitoring our arrangements with the various LPC providers to ensure that our prospective trainees are trained to the highest standards and only mix with students on courses designed for City practice.

Dr Strangelove achieved a degree of notoriety when, at a Conference on Legal Education last summer, he raised the idea of shutting down one third of the new university law schools so that better established universities would have more resources and for his robust view that there was absolutely no need for 80 universities to deliver their own lectures to students when it was not ‘beyond the wit of man’ to arrange for one decent lecturer in each subject to record his or her lectures and make them available on the net.

You may remember television footage at the time; covering Dr Strangelove’s dramatic rescue from the Conference by a Police armed response unit. Police were called after he suggested that Deans of Law Schools, who admitted students with no ‘realistic prospect of getting a training contract or pupillage’, would have a bit of explaining to do when they made their appearance before the ‘Great Architect of The Universe’ on Judgement Day.

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Two tribes go to war?

Time to download the cut-out Lord Chancellor mask again…

I saw the television footage last night of Lord Phillips giving evidence to the Commons constitutional affairs committee. The Guardian reports on the growing constitutional crisis between the judiciary and The Ministry of Justice – although Lord Phillips describes it as a ‘constitutional problem’ rather than a crisis.

The Guardian reports: “Lord Phillips said the two sides were “poles apart” with the government refusing judges’ demands for a “fundamental review” of their constitutional position. The judges fear that the ministry will be swamped by the demands for resources from prisons and probation, and want the courts to be given special protection as an arms-length executive agency with a ring-fenced budget to protect their independence.”

Lord Phillips has opened the batting. It will be interesting to see if the government pace bowlers, led by Lord Falconer, will bring spin into the attack. Will there be a change of Captain for The Ministry of Justice team when Gordon accedes to the throne? There is a lot of batting ahead.

Moving on… to the World of David Cameron

The Tories are in disarray over Cameron’s ‘U’ turn on grammar schools. Michael Howard, according to The Mirror “was so angry last week he had to be talked out of publicly attacking Mr Cameron.”

Cameron said ” I lead, I don’t follow my party.”

Clamper van gets towed away

The Mirror reports: that a traffic warden’s white van was craned onto a tow truck operated by Transport for London because it was parked in a bus bay. The traffic warden exacted revenge immediately by issuing a parking ticket to the tow truck because it was parked on a double red line. Excellent stuff…

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