Archive for March 3rd, 2011

Let’s kick off with Private Eye’s QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Sexual encounters have their ups and downs, their ebbs and flows.” – Geoffrey Robertson QC, speaking (for the defence) at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

And then let’s really go dark…with Alex Aldridge’s piece in The Guardian:

Is there a cocaine culture at the criminal bar?

BBC drama Silk implies cocaine use is rife in the legal profession. But how accurate is that view?

I have, as it happens, watched both episodes of the BBC’s new drama about M’learned friends… Silk.  I have, to be honest, enjoyed the lawyers tweeting away on twitter (adversely, it has to be said) more than the drama itself.

Hat Tip to @BillfromBendigo

Cocaine rife? Bar humbug, say lawyers


(The pic on the left is from my F**kART series of paintings and other oddities.)

I shall leave the reviews of Silk to others.  Pink Tape has rather a good piece…. SILK – Purse or Sow’s Ear?

All I will say on this matter is that I did attend a meeting at 11.00 am some years ago where a young partner in a London  law firm did appear to talk remarkably quickly and seemed to be pleasingly receptive to a proposal which I was putting to him. He only had one biscuit – and it was fascinating to watch him eat it…chomping quickly.

And now… to more serious matters… potentially very serious!

Warning for bloggers and tweeters as newspapers found guilty of contempt of court

Adam Wagner, writing in the UK Human Rights blog, makes a few rather important points…

Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Anor [2011] EWHC 418 (Admin) – Read judgmentFor the first time  a court in England has convicted two newspapers, the Daily Mail and the Sun, of contempt of court in breach of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, for the publication of a photograph relating to an ongoing criminal trial  on their websites.

The judgment contains an important warning for bloggers, tweeters and journalists who use instant news to report on criminal trials: ”instant news requires instant and effective protection for the integrity of a criminal trial“.

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BPP Law School Fees announcement: From September 2011, BPP is giving its home students more flexibility around how they can pay for their studies. The following changes will be made to its law school programmes payment methods….

And it isn’t even Friday……

Who knows what tomorrow may bring..?  But I do rather fancy one of these golf carts…..

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