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Archive for February, 2009

Lawcast 108: Michael Burdett

Today I am talking to Michael Burdett, a solicitor and consultant with HCL Hanne & Co in London. He is a past-president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and founder committee member of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association.

In last week’s Law Society Gazette, Michael Burdett wrote an article entitled UNBALANCING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE –  the sub headline for which was “The Legal Services Commission is colluding with ministers to undermine the the rights of suspects and defendants….”

Listen to the podcast with Michael Burdett

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24th February: Daily legal news and podcast up on Insite Law

Round up:

Lawcast 106: Roger Smith, Director of Justice, on the erosion of civil liberties.

Lawcast 107: Peter Crisp, CEO of BPP, on the new LPC and legal education.

Lawcast.net: A new website dedicated to podcasts.  If you are a law podcaster and wish to be included in the listings and have your podcasts promoted on Lawcasts – please email me

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It has been some time since I had The Queen over to Charon TV. Tonight she talks turkey about government and then talks about the cricket, Slumdog Millionaire and Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan Billionaire.

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Lawcast 107: Peter Crisp, Dean and CEO of BPP Law School on the LPC and legal education today.

Today I am talking to Peter Crisp, Dean and Chief Executive of BPP Law School and Alison Wells, Director of the LPC programme, about BPP’s new LPC plans and the state of legal education in these recessionary times generally.

Listen to the podcast with Peter Crisp and Alison Wells

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Lawcast 106: Roger Smith, Director of Justice, on civil liberties and human rights.

Today I am talking to Roger Smith OBE a solicitor who has been director of JUSTICE since November 2001. He has been director of legal education and training at the Law Society; director of the Legal Action Group; solicitor to the Child Poverty Action Group and director of West Hampstead Community Law Centre. He is an honorary professor at the University of Kent and a visiting professor at London South Bank University.

Roger Smith explains what Justice does… but we then discuss the concerns raised by Lord Phillips, the former Chief Justice and now senior Law Lord, and the concerns of Sir Ken McDonald, David Davies, former MI5 Chief Stella Rimington and even David Blunkett, a former Home secretary only today,  that our liberties are being eroded needlessly.

Listen to the podcast with Roger Smith

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23rd February: Daily Legal News up on Insite Law – large news update and addition of a new Ministry of Justice news section on Insite.

The latest issue of The Insite Weekly Newswire is up on Insite Law (If you would like your copy to be emailed to you weekly, please sign up – top right Insite Law front page).I have added a new Law Reports section at the foot of the front page of Insite Law.

Charon interviewed by Natasha Phillips of Divorce Manual blog:

NEW: LAWCASTS.net. I have set up a new website to focus on law podcasts – my own and others from around the world.  If you would like to be listed, please contact me

Congratulations to Blawg Review for reaching 200th Edition
It is a good one written by the mysterious Mr Ed himself. Congratulations also to Colin Samuels for getting Blawg Review of The Year 2008 – his fourth straight win. Read Blawg Review #200

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I began my day early this morning, well before the sun was up and, as is often the case, went on to Twitter after clearing the work side of my life. My first post on Twitter came as dawn was breaking.  It read: “Bonjour…another day begins in London… not many people about. All is quiet. Waiting for the sea gulls and cormorants to fly by.”

The gulls did come… many hundreds, possibly over a thousand of them, like wave after wave of bombers from the war over British skies, save that their mission was peaceful.  They were on their way towards the West to have their breakfast on the river further upstream. I watched them, sipping a mug of hot tea and smoked a few cigarettes.  It was a good way to spend fifteen minutes or so. Breakfast for me was a toasted chicken sandwich – a rather bizarre choice you may think and you would be right to think that.  I am now on a chicken sandwich obsession.  Months ago I depleted the seas of smoked mackerel fillets until I could not face another mackerel for months to come. Soon, I shall tire of chicken sandwiches and move on to some other fad.

Be that as it may… there are serious matters to report in my letter to you this week.

I don’t give interviews very often, not that I get asked that often. I suffer from cyber-schizophrenia… never entirely sure whether I am my alter ago and pseudonym Charon QC or the other bloke.  But.. tonight I was interviewed by Natasha Phillips of the Divorce Manual Blog and I managed to try and be sensible for part of it, at least.  If you would like to listen to me be being *Tango’d* – Natasha did a very good job.

In defence of our Civil Liberties…

Where does one start? Like many, I have had enough of the erosion of civil liberties which continues remorselessly under Prime Mentalist Brown’s unlected tenure of the office of Prime Minister and First Lord of the Empty Treasury. So… I have started doing a series of podcasts (or Lawcasts as I like to call them now after my early morning Rioja.. more of this later)… on civil liberties. I began with  *Lawcast* with Ian Parker-Joseph, leader of the UK Libertarian Party and tomorrow I do a lawcast with Roger Smith, Director of Justice, the human rights and law reform organisation.  I intend to invite othe commentators with a view on Civil Liberties and who knows… maybe a politician or two may be prepared to be interviewed?  One can but ask.

Today, I set up a spin-off website to my Insite Law mag siteLAWCASTS.net as a site for my own “Lawcasts” and podcasts from other bloggers and lawyers.  If you are a blogger, academic or lawyer and you would like to promote your podcasts – please let me know and I will give you your own space/link on Lawcasts.net

On the subject of podcasts… the modern Rake’s progress continues in West London Man with George in custody at La Guardia airport, New Yoork. He is visited by his lawyer who turns out to be a serious real criminal defense lawyer, Scott Greenfield, author of the excellent Simple Justice Blog. Lawyer Greenfield puts up with no nonsense from George.  The script was largely written for this episode by Colin Samuels of the Infamy of Praise blog with advice and guidance being given by Scott and ‘Charon’. Gonzo journalism gone mad?  Possibly. Listen to West London Man 25: The La Guardia Archipelago

Insite Law newswire

My weekly newswire seems to be of some use to users.  Although I publish it each week on both Insite Law and the Insite Law Blog – you may find it useful to have your own copy by email.  If you would like a copy of the newswire delivered to your in-box – please sign up here. If you would like to see what #4 contained – click here

I’m orf for a chicken sandwich. I may be back later.  Have a good week.

Regards as always,


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