Falconer demands that lawyers curb their enthusiasm

The performance of Essex Court’s Gordon Pollock QC during the BCCI supercase has become a real millstone, ahem, milestone.

Pollock set the record for the longest-ever opening speech in English legal history during BCCI – almost 80 days, leading to the case’s judge Mr Justice Tomlinson labelling his thorough discourse as “wasted”.

Oops. Well, there was one good outcome (although some lawyers may not agree); Charlie Falconer today laid down plans to get long-winded barristers and solicitors to be sacked from any case they may be stalling. See story.

The Woolf reforms were supposed to curb these excesses. Will the Pollock reforms work this time round?