By the light of a dying star…

“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage…” Sydney Smith Hannah Evans is a third six pupil at 23 Essex Street, a young barrister with fire in her belly and a passion for what she does. She gave a speech at the One Bar event arranged…

What Mr Grayling doesn’t want you to know…

As the e-petition started by Rachel Bentley reached 60,000 signatures over the weekend, the Ministry of Justice posted a response to it as they are apparently entitled to. Clearly written by a member of staff in a hurry, “pubic” rather than “public” creating a few laughs, the response does little more than re-hash the information…

Monkeys, peanuts and quality…

‘Voters may not like it but if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Unless our pay goes up, the decline in the quality of  people prepared to become ########## will increase and the whole country will suffer.’ The comment may have come from a disgruntled legal aid lawyer, a policeman whose pay has been frozen…

Time to listen…

As the deadline for submitting a response to the Governments legal aid consultation draws nearer, the Lord Chancellor has agreed to meet with members of the profession this week. I would like to think that he may be willing to listen to the arguments put forward and see the sense behind the opposition to his…