Lawyers Against LonelinessWorld Cup of Chambers: the FINAL

It’s the final of the World Cup of Chambers! St John’s Buildings and Pump Court Chambers are fighting it out to be crowned 2020 champion.

Who will take the coveted crown and whatever prize we can think up at the last minute?

Thanks especially to Osborne Clarke for scrambling their choir at short notice for the pre-match anthem.

You can also vote in the third-place play-off and for which Inn of Court is best, because we like to stoke trouble.

The Lawyer Fringe Festival

The Dark Room


The live experience of The Dark Room is the best: manic dungeon master John Robertson affectionately torturing members of the audience as they attempt to do the (almost) impossible: escape the Dark Room. If that sounds awful, it’s not – in fact as audience participation goes it’s about the gentlest you can get because you are sitting in the dark, merely the latest player of an unwinnable game.

The online game lacks the wildcard of audience interaction but is still pleasingly stupid. If you’re a fan of surrealist humour or 80s text-based video games you can buy it here.

Previously: Will Seaward | Deadlocked | Jollyboat

Dog of the Day

Helen Shay, an in-house counsel at the University of York, introduces us to Tig, “who harbours legal aspirations with his fixed feline cross-examining stare. However, you’ll see from his motto he’s not really a team player (even if he can misquote Shakespeare). He also tends to spend a lot of time chasing his tail.  He tries to hide his tracks but subtlety is not his strong point.”

Natalie Thomas of recruitment company TAP Search writes: “This is Leeloo, we named her after one of our favourite characters from the film The Fifth Element. She lives by the quote: ‘Me Fifth Element – supreme being. Me protect you.’ And she certainly does!”

The Lawyer Listens

US indie-folk band The Lumineers have usually written songs about duress and topics such as addiction and heartbreak, but always in a story-telling and tender way. Their most recent albums, III and Cleopatra, follow women on paths of life that lead to love and loss, too. The song Sleep on The Floor is somewhat one of their cheeriest and most popular tunes. It speaks of a person on the journey of leaving their hometown and on to a big city, and the realisation of one’s dreams.

The video is part of The Ballad of Cleopatra, a compilation and telling of the stories behind the songs Ophelia, Cleopatra, Sleep on the Floor, Angela and My Eyes, all from the album Cleopatra. -Ana de Liz

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.