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HHJ Pennyweather: Young barristers need to up their game

 More musings from the bench with the most honourable and learned HHJ Pennyweather

 

Now here’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say: it’s high time that barristers started being a little more confident. Now, I’m not talking about their current woes with the government. Nor am I talking about established members of the Bar who may lack many things but confidence or the complete absence of self-doubt most certainly aren’t among them. No, I’m talking …

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HHJ Pennyweather: Why can’t we have the TV cameras in our county courts?

It’s just not fair. Not fair at all. One minute, the policy is that it’d be wrong to have cameras in our courts and the next it appears to have changed but only for the likes of the Court of Appeal. I can’t believe that I spent years appearing in the Court of Appeal and not getting any of the so-called oxygen of publicity. Not even a single molecule – excepting of course my inclusion in a long …

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BabyBarista: Lawyers are just glorified car mechanics

BabyBarista: Lawyers are just glorified car mechanics

“All we are is glorified car mechanics,” said UpTights at Chambers tea today. “Just fixing minor errors caused by solicitors.” “Except not so glorified,” said TheBusker. “Yes, I doubt there’d be many mechanics who’d be pleased with the comparison,” said HeadofChambers. “What’s the problem?” asked OldSmoothie. “Not had any trials of late?” “I should be so lucky,” said UpTights. “Everything in sight just settles at the moment.” “Do you think solicitors are just becoming more reasonable?” said TheCreep. …

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How not to do pupillage with new recruit PupilBrag

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Within only a few weeks of starting his pupillage, one of the pupils has already garnered quite a reputation as a show-off. Not a show-off in a theatrical, maybe kind of charming but just a bit too much energy sort of a way either. More of a show-off in an insecure, in your face and too much information thank you very much type of way. “Didn’t I mention, I got a first from Oxford, don’t you …

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HHJ Pennyweather: Judicial eccentricities amplified on Twitter!

In his latest posting, His Honour Judge Pennyweather ruminates on the mysterious allure of anonymous tweeting for members of the judiciary. Sponsored post from the BabyBarista blog.

Having enjoyed a few weeks of the extremely generous holiday allowance afforded to judges over the Summer, it was quite a shock to the system arriving back to the land of bickering barristers and snivelling solicitors. The only thing that’s getting me through it at present is my new-found toy …

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BabyBarista: Birds of a feather

UpTights was a bundle of energy at chambers tea yesterday. “I had the most terrible experience on my way to court,” she said.

“What? Your witch’s broomstick came unstuck?” said OldSmoothie.

“I was dashing for the start of a trial over the road when a seagull landed one on me from a great height. Not just any small little offering either. This was an almighty effort which smeared right down the front of my jacket and blouse.”

“So what …

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Palm tree justice from HHJ Pennyweather

I hate judging. I really, truly despise the whole process. The dressing up, the sitting around, the having to listen to jumped-up young barristers carping on earnestly about this and that point of obscure law. But above all I hate that I was forced to do this terrible job simply because I was misguided enough to apply for silk and was then unlucky enough to get it. What? I hear you say. There are people queuing up to become a …

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Legal aid cuts will not only bring injustice but also increased costs

HeadClerk called an emergency Chambers Meeting yesterday. “I’m afraid that we need a bit of a shake-up of our practice structure.”

A general groan before OldSmoothie said, “Yes, yes. Time for us all to work harder and bring in a few more solicitors.”

“Quite the contrary,” said HeadClerk. “In the light of the government’s proposed cuts to legal aid I want everyone to make a conscious effort instead to start shedding solicitors…criminal ones that is.”

“But that makes …

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HHJ Pennyweather, the legal arms race and grumpy old judge syndrome

J Penny Weather

Sometimes I really think that the supposedly cleverest people in the world are in fact the most stupid. A case which came before me last week illustrates this point perfectly. It started life as an uncomplicated personal injury matter which should have settled out of court many years ago. But instead what happened was that the solicitor in his wisdom passed the case to a barrister for advice. All well and good except that this clever young and earnest …

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Taking all the credit for a pupil’s hard work

Old Smoothie

OldSmoothie was against a very traditional opponent today who always insists on bringing along to court the original volumes containing the particular law report in question. This meant that as he came into court both he and his pupil were weighed down by piles of authorities whilst OldSmoothie rather smugly carried his slim bundle of authorities in a folder under his arm.

The judge was an old sparring-partner of OldSmoothie’s and after he entered he smiled at OldSmoothie …

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