Video of the Day
Women in Criminal Law are celebrating their second birthday and have created this video to mark it.”
“As we are sure your readership is aware,” they say, “lawyers working in crime have been hit particularly hard by the lockdown with fees dependent on substantive hearings. Some chambers and firms are facing collapse, many solicitors have been furloughed and barristers’ finances have taken another battering after the austerity cuts. However, WICL is doing its best to boost morale by engaging with our members and using our online community for good.”
Since the start of lockdown, WICL has created an online Corona-initiative, made up of lots of programmes designed to help educate and uplift criminal lawyers. Find out more on the WICL website or on Twitter.
WICL says: “We hope you will enjoy the video, and apart from putting a smile on people’s faces, maybe it will inspire other fields to dust off their dancing shoes and make another!”
Dog of the day
“I’m an English solicitor now working in–house at FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland,” writes Emily Devlin. “The whole FIFA team (in legal we are 150+) are working from home – both in Switzerland and across the world. Recently my family got some new neighbours in the field next to our garden – some llamas! Not very Swiss, but pretty entertaining and they keep us smiling. My kids gave them names including Bumface and Cottonhead. I can’t repeat the others.”
Double dog of the day
From Slaughter and May PSL Anna Lambourn: “This is Callie celebrating her birthday. She would rather not be disturbed with this hat nonsense.”
Haircut Tip of the Day
Following last Friday’s poll question, a City comms professional shares a video, “showing the tricks I learned from a beauty programme.”
The Lawyer Listens
The Long Goodbye, by Riz Ahmed Karma
Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed released ‘The Long Goodbye’ last month, an album in which he talks about a breakup. But its not a breakup in the usual sense but he is discussing breaking up with Britain. Growing up in north London to a British Pakistani family – Riz MC allegorises and reframes the UKs relationship with British Asians as a toxic and abusive love affair that has reach breaking point in the wake of Brexit and the rise of the far-right.
The concept album walks on a tightrope and is accompanied with compelling visuals that really hit home. The album closes with its softest, most radio-friendly track, Karma. For all the album’s anger, it ends on a note of relative positivity, “self-love to counter the hate”. –Amar Mehta
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 email@example.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.
Show us life in isolation, either via email, or alternatively Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn posts can be tagged #lawagainstloneliness
We welcome other suggestions to go in these articles.