Archive for November, 2008

BBC2 “Barristers” Episode 2

I’m watching Barristers Episode 2 on iPlayer – simply because I don’t have a TV on the Boat at present.  There is a wonderful irony in the iPlayer listing for this programme.  “More Like This – The Real Hustle.”  Priceless!

I will review tomorrow.  So far… quite interesting but even more bizarre than I expected.

Someone at the BBC is having a laugh – and it ain’t Jonathan Ross or Russel Brand as they have been suspended / resigned (Brand)


Update:  Watched the episode. Much more interesting.  Getting into what barristers do – Much more engaging… Grand Night at Middle where the Benchers had lobster and crab soup and others had corn and potato soup notwithstanding!… but even that was fun to watch – great filming and part of our nation’s history.

Enjoyed this episode – and next week looks very promising from the trail. It can’t have been easy for the students to be under the microscope – Iqbal got his pupillage, pleasingly.


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Wonderfully absurd quotes?….

Mumbo jumbo, management speak, meedja speak – all have contributed to the richness of our language.

Below is a quote from  DLA Piper Joint Chief Executive Frank Burch. DLA Piper are reducing their exposure to bank credit by suggesting that income partners contribute capital and get a slice of the pie.

“Everybody who is a partner in the firm will have some skin in the game, and as you evolve and progress you will contribute more capital and have more skin in the game.”

Can’t say fairer than that….

Worthy of Matt Muttley, managing partner Muttley Dastardly LLP.



Matt Muttley, managing partner of niche boutique City law firm Muttley Dastardly LLP, said today that a number of associates within the firm were taking an ’employee attitude’ to their work rather than thinking of the long term prosperity of the partners.

Matt Muttley said today:

“I discussed this problem with my partner John Dastardly.  As a result of this discussion, over a glass or two of Chateau Talbot 1982, we now have a number of our associates going through some specialised training.  The idea is simple.  We have rented a small allotment.  We gave each associate a 2p coin and some vegetable seeds, asked them to plant the 2p and the seeds in the ground and see whether a money tree springs up in three to four weeks time.  We believe that this training will re-focus our associates to think in tune with the partners and understand the realities of life at the top of a law firm in these difficult times.”

Notes to Editors:

1. Matt Muttley is managing partner of leading boutique City law firm Muttley Dastardly LLP

2. Interviews with Mr Muttley can be arranged.  The fee for each interview will be variable depending on what you want him to say but prices start at £5000 for a short sound-byte.

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Poll: The Barristers BBC 2

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News and… Fancy a bogus title Sir / Madam?…

The news / latest from the blawgs is up on Insitelaw (Podcast by 11.00)

The Times: “A solicitor was accused yesterday of being at the centre of a dishonest trade in bogus feudal titles sold to Americans and other foreigners.”Roger Pitts-Tucker practises in The City: Website. Interestingly he appears to have a coat of arms? (above)

An action group has been set up: Phoneynobletitles.com

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Today I am talking to Susan Cartier Liebel a US Attorney, author of the Build a Solo Practice LLC blog in the States, and founder of the Solo Practice University – a very innovative concept for US lawyers to continue their training under the guidance of experts where their law school left off.

Susan covers the idea behind Solo Practice University, the mission, the faculty, the response so far and the likely opening date.  It is a fascinating concept and Susan’s enthusiasm is very clear.  The interview was recorded over a telephone and sound is not as good as I would have liked.

Listen to Podcast 79: Susan Cartier Liebel on the Solo Practice University in the US

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Two tribes go to war?…

Daily news and blawg watch up on Insitelaw: Two tribes go to War?
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They are both distinguished lawyers. They both hail from the same part of the profession… but they are now taking diametrically opposing views on the legality of the Iraq war and given the pedigree of the critic, former Lord Chief Justice and senior law lord, Lord Bingham – we have to listen. Or do we? The Justice secretary, Jack Straw does not seem to be inclined to do so.

The BBC reports: “Legal advice given to Tony Blair by the attorney general prior to the Iraq war was fundamentally “flawed,” a former law lord has claimed. Lord Bingham said Lord Goldsmith had given Mr Blair “no hard evidence” that Iraq had defied UN resolutions “in a manner justifying resort to force”. Therefore, the action by the UK and US was “a serious violation of international law,” Lord Bingham added.

It was Churchill who said that history is written by the victors and that may well have been true in the past but with the internet, global communication at the press of an email send button, blog or website *publish* button – it is not quite so easy to control the ‘public record’ and lay down ‘truth’.

The BBC reports states: Responding to Lord Bingham’s criticism, Lord Goldsmith insisted the invasion of Iraq was legal. “I would not have given that advice if it were not genuinely my view,” he said.

This is a damning condemnation of what was an unjustified invasion
Nick Clegg, Lib Dem leader

Lord Chancellor Jack Straw backed Lord Goldsmith, arguing that his advice “was shared by many member states across the world… I do not accept Lord Bingham’s conclusions, which do not, I am afraid, take proper account of the text of Security Council Resolution 1441 nor its negotiating history,” Mr Straw said.

The Guardian: Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion
Former senior law lord condemns ‘serious violation of international law.

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The influences on our lives…

We are all influenced as we pass through our seven stages…. so I thought I would start (but not undertake to complete) a list of INFLUENCES – but with a slightly different view of them.


“My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”

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