Lawyers Against LonelinessQuiz of the Day

Theme: Law!

Thanks once again to Abi Townsend and Blackstone Chambers. Answers tomorrow.

  1. Whose book, published in 2018, was subtitled: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken?
  2. A spider’s web, butterfly, fox and a centipede. What do they all have in common?
  3. Which MP is widely regarded as responsible for putting the 1628 Petition of Right before Parliament?
  4. Name the four 20th century British prime ministers who used to be barristers.
  5. In 1922, Helena Normanton became what?
  6. Sir James Fawcett was a barrister and president of the European Commission for Human Rights between 1972 and 1981. His grandson appears less of a Europhile – who is he?
  7. Émile Zola’s 1898 open letter J’Accuse…!, about the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, was published in which newspaper?
  8. How many legal Circuits are there in England and Wales?
  9. The Code of Hammurabi is one of the oldest written legal codes on record. Who was Hammurabi?
  10. The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 created which body?

Poems for Challenging Times

LawCare has some recommendations for soothing verse on its website, and is inviting you to submit your own poems for challenging times.

We may as well kick things off with Quaker abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier’s rather eccentric poem The Brewing of Soma, part of which was later adapted into a well-known hymn. Whatever your religious sensitivities, the last three stanzas, speaking of the power of stillness and silence in a raging world, feel appropriate.

World Cup of Barristers’ Chambers

With the World Cup of Law Firms going down so well, there has been an OUTCRY for this. Get voting.

Poll of the day

Dog of the day

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Chloe Coleman writes: “This is my tortoise Ralph – he’s not too sure about being associated with bad law puns, although he is willing to negotiate if there are strawberries involved.”

Picture of the Day

The Lawyer Listens

‘We Will Become Silhouettes’ by The Postal Service

“Basically this song is about self-isolating,” says Emma Maksimovic, senior PR manager at Burford Capital. “Written by Ben Gibbard (lead singer of emo-darlings Death Cab For Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) for side project The Postal Service, this song will resonate for most people in quarantine.

Whether it’s relating to the lyrics, or enjoying Ben Gibbard’s vocals, this song is an ideal candidate for any kitchen dance party play list and is likely to get you moving. Plus the video is a little weird but fun to watch.

Get involved

Anyone in the legal sector is welcome to contribute to any of the sections of Law Against Loneliness.

Here is how to contribute to a few of the regular features we have run so far.  Everything can be sent to

Video of the day

What we want are individual, personal contributions from lawyers and legal sector professionals working from home. You could be demonstrating a recipe, videoing your daily run, telling a joke, singing us a song, showing off a skill, or just telling us about your day and what you’ve been up to. We are very open to creativity – anything that uplifts or diverts.

What we don’t want is too many firm-branded videos talking about how seamlessly you have transitioned to a new way of working, please.

The Lawyer Listens

Contributors should send us a YouTube link and 100 words about the song in the style of previous entries.

Dog of the day

Self-explanatory. Send us dog pix. Or cats, ponies, rabbits, budgies etc. Don’t forget to let us know their name and give us a line of detail too if you’d like.


Show us life in isolation, either via email, or alternatively Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn posts can be tagged #lawagainstloneliness

Other ideas

We welcome other suggestions to go in these articles.