Over the festive season I was handed a business card for Harvey Specter, Senior Partner at Pearson Hardman, whilst out shopping. The suited and booted chaps wielding an array of promotional materials were from the TV channel Dave, who will soon be showcasing a new legal drama called Suits. The (usually) comical channel, Dave, wouldn’t Continue reading

Christmas book recommendations (2)

The limitation period on festive gift buying is about to expire. File a claim for peace and goodwill before it’s too late! But if you can’t face the crush in the last minute bargain basement of your local department store, fear not. Help is at hand in the bookshop. And for those with e-readers and Continue reading

Christmas book recommendations (1)

Buying yuletide gifts for lawyers is never an easy task. You could try choosing barristers’ briefs at Ann Summers or, for the less adventurous, M&S, or you could link up with your loved one in a stylish pair of pink handcuffs, as advertised on Patrolstore. But for a safer bet, why not book them on Continue reading

Book review: Law and Religion

Over the past decade the subject of law and religion has emerged as a discipline in its own right in law faculties. Russell Sandberg in his book Law and Religion has successfully taken it upon himself to define the boundaries of what he perceives to be the core material any student of law and religion Continue reading

Cameras in court – again

Reality courtroom TV may not be generally available in this jurisdiction, but there’s no shortage of the fictional variety in the schedules this autumn. In the Matter of The Jury [2011] ITV 1 The current hearings (or viewings) began with a claim to seriousness by the primary commercial broadcaster, ITV, who dedicated their precious nine-o’clock Continue reading

The INJUSTICE of it….

The description “criminal barrister” is normally used to mean a barrister who specialises in criminal law, rather than a barrister who is also in fact a criminal. But then William Travers is an unusual barrister in many ways. Though formerly a member of London chambers, he now seems to be a partner in a provincial Continue reading

The Red Bag of Courage

If you’ve been following the BabyBarista blog you’ll know that the hero is an ambitious young barrister who aims to succeed at any price, and that his sworn enemy is a fellow barrister known as TopFirst. And if you’ve read the first novel in the series, Law and Disorder (aka BabyBarista and the Art of Continue reading

A fantastic little find!

As I’m sure all legal professionals know paper work can mount up at a rate of knots; it’s amazing how much old work we file away and hoard in cupboards. Here at the ICLR we recently decided to tackle the issue of bundles galore and attacked our office with an abundance of bin bags. I Continue reading

Defending the Guilty

Those who have an interest in the lighter side of the law will be delighted that they now have access (from April 7, 2011) to the cheaper, Penguin reprint of “Defending the Guilty” subtitled “Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom” by Alex McBride, for under £10. The author, a criminal barrister, and by that Continue reading

Is SILK too slick?

As a courtroom drama, Silk has much to recommend it. Whatever practitioners may tell you, most court cases are pretty dull, so you need a strong plot and a cast of larger than life characters to inject the necessary drama. Peter Moffatt, who scripted the series, has long form for this, including Kavanagh QC and Continue reading