Fight Club

A call to arms from Jaime Hamilton. I echo every word. The indolence of a thankfully dwindling few at the Bar, is perfectly exemplified by the first comment
It’s time to unite and fight. If you can’t or won’t then best leave the field, however level or otherwise you perceive it to be.
This is a fight for the survival of the profession
You are NOT too busy, but if you are too busy to fight now, be thankful that next year you can look forward to a permanent rest. You won’t have a job!

A view from the North

In March 2013 George Osborne’s introduction to his Budget speech included these words: “This is a Budget for those who aspire to own their own home; who aspire to get their first job; or start their own business; a Budget for those who want to save for their retirement and provide for their children. It is a Budget for our Aspiration Nation.”

He went on to refer to the positive steps the Government would take in order to support and encourage small to medium sized businesses through their own procurement procedures: “To help small firms, we’ll increase by fivefold the value of government procurement budgets spent through the Small Business Research Initiative.”

Yesterday the Lord Chancellor announced Government policy that will put hundreds of small to medium businesses out of business by the way the Government have chosen to procure legal services. Yesterday he signed the warrant of execution for…

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Avoiding the Cracks

Jaime sums it up in one paragraph. What ARE we doing letting them get away with this?
“The very last thing Counsel need is yet another hearing for which they do not get paid. The very last thing Counsel needs is another commitment in their diary to juggle. The very last thing Counsel needs is to be treated like an errant schoolchild who has to explain themselves in the Head’s office.”

A view from the North

Disturbing news reaches me from Aylesbury. Now there is a phrase that I have never had cause to use before. I apologise to Aylesbury if I have the location incorrect.

The news is this – in a Crown Court, believed to be Aylesbury, counsel and/or solicitors for both sides are being told that they have to attend an additional hearing, held on the last Tuesday of every month, in order to explain why their trial cracked on the day.

My blood boils.

We are used to seeing newspaper reports about out of touch Judges. That is something that always made me laugh as the Judiciary will experience more of all strata in society than most. Yet this practice demonstrates just how out of touch some criminal Judges are with the day to day realities of criminal law.

The very last thing Counsel need is yet another hearing for which they…

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