Archive for the ‘barristers’ Category

The Irish Bar, Magna Carta and the Future of Law

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at 14:48

(thanks to Irish show bands) I was asked to speak to the Irish Criminal Bar Association last week in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Why not, I thought, I’ve given around twenty talks this academic year. One more is fine. It meant I would see the new criminal courts in Dublin, designed […]






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Silk…Torn to Shreds!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at 20:15

Silk (series 2) ended its run this week with a glance to a subject I’m researching now. The cab rank rule says a barrister represents a client regardless of the barrister’s like or dislike of the client. Martha Costello is defending Jody Farr, a self-admitted smuggler of “high-quality” drugs (not the trash that the police […]






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The Return of “Silk” (Series 2)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 22:46

(BBC “Silk”) Horace Rumpole relied on the South London crime family, the Timsons, to keep him supplied with adequate draughts of Chateau Embankment, a claret designed to curl your toes. The return of “Silk” on BBC1 (series 2) introduces us to a new London criminal family, the Farrs, on which Billy, the senior clerk, hopes […]






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Time to Cut the Silken Thread

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 13:55

(thanks to swatman67) Here is the op-ed piece I’ve published in The Lawyer today on the end of Queen’s Counsel. Time to cut the silken thread 9 April 2012   The QC system should be done away with, and the legal services market brought into the 21st century It’s time we got rid of the […]






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Silk or Blood on the Floor….

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 21:41

The paler Martha gets in the BBC drama Silk, and she is beginning to look like a character from a Noh play, the more tanned and fit the others look. But our hearts bleed for her. That was the motif for tonight’s programme–literally and metaphorically, blood on the floor everywhere. Martha miscarries; a chambers’ putsch […]






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