2 April 2007
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•Hit for 666
Our favourite blawg of the moment still does not disappoint, with honeytraps, identity theft, deception and rivalry... and that's just in the four most recent instalments of http://babybarista.blogspot.com.
BabyB's chambers will be accepting a new pupil, known as a 'ThirdSix', he writes on 27 March. "This is basically a barrister who failed to get taken on in his own chambers and is giving it another go elsewhere."
Unfortunately this rejected pupil does pose a threat: "With his scholarship to Harvard and his first from Oxford, he makes even TopFirst seem like a snivelling lazy skiver struggling to pass his GCSE law. That's the only good thing, I guess, that it further destabilises TopFirst. But whatever the details, we are all agreed that he will henceforth be known not as 'ThirdSix' but instead as '666' and whenever I mention him just imagine that the music from The Omen is playing in the background."
Given that BabyB has so far put paid to his rival pupils through an ingenious and devious mix of false email accounts, gossip-mongering and theft, we can't wait to find out how he dispatches 666.
Meanwhile, BabyB's law firm equivalent is to be found at http://legal-spy.blogspot.com, written by a partner at a northern firm. We particularly like the entry describing the senior partners' night out at a club on 4 March, which is cringeworthy to anyone who has been on similar jaunts. "There is one partner who is a little left-field and slightly odd in comparison to the rest. The clean-living, tree-hugging type, who does yoga every morning and only eats organic."
It turns out this partner was the night's unlikely dancefloor champion: "He was like a man possessed, arms all over the place, eyes wide and glazed, dancing like an octopus on acid."
Oh, the shame the next morning: "You have a meeting with him in attendance and refer a matter of the utmost importance - all you see is that 'dance' playing over and over in your mind like a YouTube clip."
China and Hong Kong continue to be lavished with attention by global firms, but just what is it like to practice there? A must-read is http://knifetricks .blogspot.com/2007/03/worlds -strangest-appellate-hearing -hong.html.
The Californian author writes: "In my quest to watch barristers in robes and wigs plying their trade, I decided to visit a [Hong Kong] Court of Appeal hearing. I figured it would be a light and enjoyable way to spend a morning. I could not have been more wrong."
In fact, the blog turns out to be a comparison between the US way of doing things and the protocol familiar to any English-trained barrister.
"In addition to their robes, the three judges were wearing bench wigs, which looked like albino versions of early-1980s bubble perms... I stayed for every minute. It became a test of endurance and I resolved that I was not going to let the tedium of the proceedings win. Besides, I thought, something interesting might happen."
We'll leave it to you to decide if it did.
And from Hong Kong to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Word has reached The Lawyer from Travers Smith's intrepid twosome, associates Russ Lamb and Sam Kay, who are climbing Everest in aid of the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (details to be found on www. traverssmith.com).
Their first blog reads: "We have just completed our trek from Jiri, following the old Everest Expediton Route used by [Edmund] Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
"The road stops at Jiri, so from there everything has to be carried. However, the porters we saw on the route put us all to shame with the amount they carried - some carrying up to 60kg loads wearing only sandals!
"Today we had our first glimpse of Everest which was quite daunting! Tomorrow we will start our ascent to Base Camp and should be there within one week."
Proof that working in a City firm improves stamina and endurance for harsh conditions.