The Kindness of Twitter

Doing this job, you sometimes see the worst of humanity, which can give you a skewed view of the world. For example, I remember having a cup of coffee with a friend (who had a teenage daughter) talking about what I was up to the next week. I mentioned my client was ‘only’ up for…

Standing up for Justice – Rally outside Parliament

Introduction Lawyers aren’t normally the most radical of people, so it was somewhat surprising to find myself in Chambers in the morning of 22nd May 2013, sorting out T-Shirts and badges, ready to go on a demonstration outside Parliament in defence of legal aid. I was a bit nervous beforehand. There was a lot that could…

Will Writing – Government refuses to act

Introduction I’m one of those very sad lawyers who gets excited about regulation (it amazes me how few barristers have even heard of the Legal Services Act 2007). It’s a pretty complicated area but, in essence, there are 6 specified activities that are deemed to be ‘reserved’ activities: Litigation Advocacy Acting as a Commissioner for…