Lawyers Against Loneliness

The Lawyer Listens

“In a previous life I was a nightclub DJ working at various places including that club the middle-aged like to bore young people about, the Hacienda,” writes Tom Wainwright, a senior associate at Trowers & Hamlins

“Earlier this month the Hacienda did a 12-hour live stream in conjunction with United We Stream to raise funds for Greater Manchester’s night time economy which has been so badly hit by the current crisis. A variety of DJs played, and I did the first hour. Around 1.5 million people tuned in/logged on/whatever you want to call it during the day. There’s a bit more information about what happened here.

Here’s the link to Tom’s session. You can still donate through the United We Stream website.

Quiz of the Day

Theme: Movies

Today’s quiz comes from BDB Pitmans partner Angus Walker. It has a movie theme but for a bonus point can you find the message hidden in the answers?

  1. What was the surname of Eric, the runner featured in Chariots of Fire?
  2. What film about the Iranian revolution won the Oscar for best picture in 2012​
  3. What is Hermione Grainger actress Emma’s surname?​
  4. What is Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter’s first name?​
  5. 1981 coming of age film set in Cumbernauld
  6. Biopic of Cassius Clay starring Will Smith​
  7. 1939 Hitchcock movie was Jamaica what?​
  8. The sequel to Romancing the Stone was Jewel of the what?​
  9. Series of films whose ninth and possibly final installment came out in 2019​
  10. Book about the tiny Clock family made into films in 1997 and 2011.​

Answers tomorrow.

World Cup of Chambers

If you want to understand the difference between solicitors and barristers, set up a Twitter World Cup for each of them and monitor the responses you get. Round Two is here: get voting.

Call for help

We’re working on a story at the moment about lawyers locked down with people who work at a ‘rival’ firm. If you are in this situation and are willing to speak anecdotally – on or off the record – about what this has been like in practice, please email

Dog of the day

This is Pici. “Though she may look angelic,” writes Mayer Brown associate Alice Miller, “she was Country Life’s naughtiest dog of the year 2019. On the left is Tybalt who, I hasten to add following the release and mania about Tiger King, has been ethically domesticated. Both find lockdown all a bit exhausting but have bonded more as a result.”

Double dog of the day

Also writing from BDB Pitmans, associate Helen Fry writes: “This is Blu, a faithful home-working companion and enthusiastic participant in conference calls.”


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.