Friday seems to be upon us once again.. so time for Rive Gauche…
I thought I would kick orf with a wonderful piece from The Guardian…
European judge slams UK ‘xenophobia’
The Guardian: Sir Nicolas Bratza criticises hostility of senior government figures towards European Convention on Human Rights
Europe’s most powerful judge has publicly complained about “senior members” of the UK government fostering hostility towards the European Convention on Human Rights.
Citing the “vitriolic” and “xenophobic fury” directed against judges on the European Court of Human Rights, Sir Nicolas Bratza has acknowledged that relations between Strasbourg and the supreme court in London are under “strain”.
Sir Nicolas, the UK’s own nominee on the court and currently its president, made his comments at a conference earlier this year but they have only recently been published in a law journal. The paper has been referred to approvingly several times this month by supreme court judges.
Quality stuff…. and well worth a read. Lord Phillips and Lord Judge gave evidence recently to a Joint Committee and this speech by Bratza is, I presume, the speech they referred to. The film of Phillips and Judge giving evidence is also worth looking at.
Before the Gin & mango juice I am taking to exorcise a rather tedious cold I have takes hold – a few more serious pieces: This from barrister Francis Hoare is an interesting read…
‘Defend the Children of the Poor and Punish the Wrongdoer’: Why the Government’s Legal Aid Reforms are a Recipe for Injustice
And speculation continues on the sale of the College of Law.
Education Investor reveals: “Pearson is slugging it out for the College of Law deal with at least two private equity firms, EducationInvestor understands. The private college is considering bids from Palamon Capital Partners and Providence Equity Partners, as well as the giant education firm….
…The college is expected to fetch at least £175 million, but some put the likely value of any sale as high as £250 million.”
I’ve commented on this before on the blog. Pearson was an obvious ‘contender’. BPP – now with added University cachet – was purchased for a bit more than that by US firm Apollo some time back. The two big beasts will be able to ‘slug it out’ as private companies if the sale of The College of Law goes through in the brave new dawn envisaged by David ‘Two Brains’ Willetts MP, Minister for Universities.
RollonFriday.com will, no doubt, be on the case soon – with a picture of CEO Nigel Savage mocked up to look like a looter, no doubt. In the meantime, they content themselves with a story about crap food at The College of Law’s Guildford branch. RoF is / are keen to expose crap food in law schools all over the country – so if you are a victim of crap food… enter the RoF competition
The Law of Unintended Consequences 101
Predictably, in the wake of the recent success for The Law Society in closing down the Solicitors from Hell website… this… as reported in The Lawyer:
Host of Solicitors from Hell-style sites appear following court action
But madness does not begin nor end there. Solicitor David Allen Green weighs in on ‘The Freemen’ quackery with a rather good piece in The Lawyer…
The Freemen, law blogging, and the public understanding of law
Carl Gardner picks up an interesting twist to the Freemen story… Why would BNP activists be at a “freemen on the land” stunt?
Carl Gardner writes…“I don’t accuse “freemen” generally, and certainly not “commonly known as dom”, of supporting the BNP. No doubt many of them were unaware that BNP activists were present in Birkenhead. But it’s important for anyone who comes into contact with “freemen’s” pseudolegal ideas – especially anyone who thinks of themselves as a radical who meets them, say at a protest – to be aware of the right-wing nature, attraction and potential of “freemanism”. It seems the BNP are aware of it.”
Many lawyers like a drink. Many lawyers may drink too much. I have, on occasion, bashed the Rioja a bit at the weekend – fun though it is, it does take a toll on the head and the brain.
I read with interest this brutally honest and well written account of alcoholism - Law Society Gazette: Anthony Bogan, a former Law Society Council member who stood for President in 1996, endured the terrifying realisation that he was an alcoholic, but found that there was light at the end of the tunnel
AND FINALLY… a few blogs and articles which caught my eye…
Auntie Em from Legal Cheek writes: I want to jack in law to become an artist
Adam Wagner of the UK Human Rights blog comments: Rights on the rocks: Some Bill of Rights Commission responses
One way or another, by the end of this Parliament, rights protections in the UK will look very different. If you could pull yourself away from the spectacle of actor Hugh Grant giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking, the main event in yesterday’s live legal transmission bonanza was the second debate on the Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Bill in the House of Lords.
Although the bill is likely to pass, it is likely to do so in slightly revised form – knowledgable tweeters were predicting that the domestic violence and clinical negligence provisions were most likely to be affected.
Lords give legal aid bill ‘a good bashing’
Jon Robins in The Guardian: examines the highlights of the Lords debate on the legal aid bill being considered alongside welfare reform and health
And babybarista has this.. Those pesky solicitors – OldSmoothie complains that they should never have let solicitors anywhere near court
Old Square barrister saves a life on his way to court
The Lawyer reports: Old Square Chambers barrister Charlie Woodhouse has been hailed a hero by fellow members of the bar after an unlikely turn of events at the Central London County Court saw him go over and above the call of duty.
On Tuesday afternoon Woodhouse, who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence, was making his way up a staircase en route to a courtroom when he witnessed a man tie a nylon rope around his neck and jump from the first-floor balcony.
According to sources, Woodhouse caught the man by the shoulders of his suit jacket and supported his full body weight for several minutes. He then managed to haul the man over the banister before police arrived.
And end with a couple of tweets… enjoy Friday….
UPDATE: Unfortunately.. I woke up at 3.00 on Friday morning … far too early…and had to suffer the misery of early morning BBC telly News…. at 5.00… before the excellent Today prog on Radio 4
AND… really.. finally…
I shall.. naturally.. ensure that my ‘novel Snell on Equity Christmas Tree’ has a fairy with very clean hands on top.
There are a couple of podcasts below which may be of interest….