Lawyers Against LonelinessYour best law anecdote

We want to hear your best/funniest/most embarrassing stories from your career in law. Trainee blunders, bizarre partners, weird client demands, surreal nights out – whatever you like.

We’d love it if you sent them as videos, but if that’s not your thing or you prefer to be anonymous, write it in your wittiest prose instead, and send it to the usual place.

Video of the Day

Shakespeare Martineau partner Martin Noble has embarked on a number of DIY projects during lockdown, which he has been posting on his LinkedIn page.

Others are probably more impressive (check out the watercolour painting), but we are rather taken with the one below, in which he removes a tree that has grown down into a stone wall. Very relaxing.

The Lawyer Fringe Festival

Creatives are having a hard time of it at the moment so we want to publicise their work during lockdown. If you’ve got a recommendation of a creative business doing something that lawyers can support, let us know at the usual email address.

Jollyboat are brothers Tom and Ed. Their shtick is stupid puns and nerd culture. Here’s one of their signature tracks: a collection of pirate pop songs; elsewhere on YouTube you’ll find their ode to Daenerys Targaryen’s varied job titles and skits on Dungeons and Dragons monsters that are a bit shit. Their songs, enthusiasm and nonthreatening good looks have won them a big fan following in the Fringe community.

Previously: Will Seaward | Deadlocked

Dogs of the Day

“Couldn’t resist sending you a couple of pictures of my Afghan Hound x Irish Setter (Oscar) who is not a fan of sharing my attention with the day job!” says Bex Piper, corporate counsel at Specsavers. “The first pic shows him trying to sabotage my arm and give me the cute eyes while the second is him in disbelief that sulking also didn’t work.”

From barrister Roderick I’Anson Banks: “our Great Danes, Toby and Baxter, on guard. Social distancing observed at all times!”

Podcast of the Day

Grounded with Louis Theroux

A newcomer to the podcast scene as of lockdown is Louis Theroux, whose Grounded series has allowed for a continuation of his interviews with high-profile individuals across the world. The first episode pitted Theroux up against fellow documentary-maker, Jon Ronson, during which they cover swimming chimpanzees, conspiracy theories and Robbie Williams’ attempts to visit a haunted house.

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 richard.simmons@thelawyer.com.

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.

Pictures

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.