The bar bill

To the Barbican, where Tulkinghorn found himself very much at home among the elite of the legal world at the Bar Standards Board (BSB) launch. That’s a launch party a year after the BSB was established – but nobody praises barristers for their speed.

Chair Ruth Evans gave a delightful PowerPoint presentation, which only half the room could see, before Lord Falconer waxed lyrical with soundbites.

But even Charlie Falconer couldn’t persuade the caterers to give him more champagne after the speeches were over.

Tulkinghorn was left to hobnob with the ‘godfather of legal reform’ Sir David Clementi over a glass or two of wine and shot glasses of gazpacho soup.

Clementi, as ever a complete gentleman, was rightly proud of his work, even if he did have to do a day’s worht of revision before giving evidence to the committee scrutinising the Legal Services Bill. Well it’s been a while since he thought about the law.