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My Theft Mindmap

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 | in Criminal law, Get qualified

Students get a bit overwhelmed at this time of year – and panic about how they are going to learn – and memorise lots of law. Because I’m more of a “show me” type of learner, I make mind maps. Here’s a partial theft mind map for you to complete.

Legal Aid & the Myth of Doing More with Less

Legal Aid & the Myth of Doing More with Less

Oh look! The Daily Mail have just run another hit piece on the legal profession.

Why do I have to go to court?

Why do I have to go to court?

The short answer is hearsay. Let me explain.

Poor (wo)man’s lawyer Meets 21st Century pro bono

Poor (wo)man’s lawyer Meets 21st Century pro bono

One of the best decisions I ever made was to start volunteering at the Toynbee Hall. I liked its “Poor Man’s Lawyer” roots, the buzz of the Wednesday evening first come, first served, advice free-for-all – and how Jack Profumo found his redemption there. I remember dropping in to the Wednesday evening general advice session… { Read More }

Dr Clifford Mann: Apparatchiks & why it’s important to leave the law to the legal professionals

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 | in Criminal law, DIY Law, Get qualified, Public law
Dr Clifford Mann: Apparatchiks & why it’s important to leave the law to the legal professionals

SEP (Somebody else’s problem) Alert: Dr Clifford Mann, President of the College of Emergency Medicine, has devised a novel approach to relieving pressure on A & E medical staff by blaming police for drunk people at A&E. The BBC reports Dr Mann saying: Police should crack down on binge drinking to stop hospital staff being distracted… { Read More }

We Want The Same Things

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 | in Direct Access Barristers, Get qualified

I’ve been a big fan of David Boies ever since he appeared in Bush v Gore in 2000. He lost that case – but he’s the type of lawyer you’d trust with your life. Believe me – a rarity. So while I’m in the process of transitioning from being an employed solicitor-advocate to a self-employed,… { Read More }

Lawyers & Other Charlatans

Friends, this is a funny old jurisdiction. Anybody can call themselves a “lawyer”. You don’t have to have one day’s worth of legal training to be a “lawyer”,  “will-writer” or “professional McKenzie Friend” – and yet these people are happy to take your money to give legal advice and do the talking for you in… { Read More }

QASA and Quality Advocacy (QAA Part Deux)

Posted on: December 27th, 2011 | in Advocacy, Get qualified
QASA and Quality Advocacy (QAA Part Deux)

It’s been a year since that SAHCA conference. Believe me. If you were there, you won’t have forgotten it. On the one hand, we had Government repeating its quality mantra, saying that the public must be protected from rogue (solicitor) advocates – and on the other, Professor Philip Plowden and a chorus of solicitor-advocates banged… { Read More }