Archive for November 29th, 2007


Dermod O’Brien QC has criticised The Bar Council. He complains that the Bar Council has shirked its responsibilities in declining to support litigation (in connection with Pensions for Recorders) in the Employment Tribunal against the Ministry of Justice.

Geoffrey Vos QC writes to all Heads of Chambers to explain why he will not use Bar money to support Mr O’Brien’s litigation. Interesting stuff. Well worth a quick read. The Geoffrey Vos QC response letter

A brief quote from Geoffrey Vos’s response to give you a taste…

“Significantly, he claims (wrongly) that, while the Bar Council, ‘recognises the likely merit of his claim, it refuses to lift a finger to help and its excuses are pathetic’ and suggests that you should withold your voluntary subscription.

I enjoyed reading the Vos response over lunch at The Bollo. I had vegetable lasagne and a glass of Sangiovese (my first wine for a while). £6.95 inclusive of wine. It was delicious.

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Whatever next? Police Community Support Officers, the ” Eliot Ness Untouchables” of the modern police service, are at the very forefront of crime fighting again. This time they are called to an incident by some witless shopping centre security guard to stop young children singing carols. According to The Sun, the children were singing too loud.

Objections came from tenants of a shopping Mall in – an O2 mobile phone shop, supported by a Passion for Perfume store and a Timpsons shoe worker complained.

Ridiculous. I am making a stand. I won’t be buying anything provided by O2. I don’t wear perfume, so I can’t make a stand on that one, and I buy my shoes from Church’s and Jones the Bootmaker…they last for years and do not need to be repaired that often. I still have a pair from 1983. They still work quite well and are ‘fit for purpose’.

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Head of Legal has a fascinating analysis of the Labour Party donations scandal and considers, inter alia, whether Harriet Harman has committed any offences. If you are interested in “Donationsgate” this is worth a read. Quite a few posts on Head of Legal’s blog about this… scroll down!

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