Friday, 17 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
I am still flat -out on Part 36 and mainstream CPR developments.
Friday, 3 December 2010
Alongside,you see Ron 'killer' Thwaites QC, the king of cross-examination,with myself, His Honour Michael Cook and Sir Rupert Jackson who kindly agreed to come to the Cook book launch as a surprise guest but point blank refused to jump out of a large cake.And after all i have done for him. Next year i will ask Nicola..
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The hot ticket though is the Birmingham Mercantile Court where we are likely to see guest appearances from Michael Cook,Michael Bacon and other costs wizards who want to see how case/costs control works.The extension of this in a few months means that the extravagent litigators will not be able to escape which they can now do by issuing anywhere but in Birmingham.
A lady at a party last month owns a clothes shop called Net a Porter and she has made me an EIP whatever that means.
Michael Cook,as sharp as ever,in the new Cook (i have an advance copy) asks why limit this to Mercantile ? Why indeed?
Thursday, 25 November 2010
The world is catching up with Michael Bacon,the greatest living costs draftsman, who advocated costs management of cases 20 years ago. I remember him coming to my nursery school to give a talk about it.
Michael,as ever,delivered a stunningly witty talk.
Thanks to all at Ely Place including Ron Thwaites QC ,Simon Butler (tort supremo and chauffeur) and the clerks for hosting the event.
I was impressed by HH Judge Simon Brown coming from Birmingham and Angela /Brendan coming from Ipswich until i met Liz Harris who not only came from Australia but brought me a stunning bottle from her husbands cellar.I hope he does not read this.
The saintly Teresa Aitken took us to dinner where Paul Scrutton wore a large grin all evening for some unknown reason.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Having lost my shirt after lunch with Sean Jones on tuesday i lost my trousers (literally) on wednesday.The manager was astute enough to immediately identify the imbecile out of 100 people who had dropped half of his dry cleaning at the bar.Epernay (Manchester and Leeds) is the greatest champagne bar with the lowest prices and highest quality in England and ,paradoxically,knocks spots off anywhere in Paris.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
In January i will be talking at their London and New York hqs on what the future holds.
We go international on monday thanks to Chrissi Jackson,the publisher. A German Judge and Australian costs expert are already followers.
Apart from a couple of Manchester talks in December ( and my Manchester birthday party thrown by Ruth Graham with the creme of Manchester litigators attending) it is London all the way.My public talks are organised by MBL.Details on their website .
Following my list of top barristers i will shortly produce a few names in the medical field.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I may be on Guardian letters page tomorrow ;champagne not law. Paul Scrutton is a reliable man.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
The one glimmer of hope is that the Government has sought views on whether recoverability of additional liabilities might be curbed (drastically) rather than ended.Let battle commence.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Indeed,when fixed costs come into fast -track,as they will,i think solicitors will benefit since a separate allowance for counsel may not be recognised.Why disburse money when you can keep it for yourself?
Turkey and chicken can be accompanied by white burgundy or decent red.I f you are going to push the boat on try a Chassagne or Puligny Montrachet or Mersault,stunning whites.
Chateauneuf Du Pape red is much better value than Bordeaux (though see below).Both Waitrose and Sainsbury sell one made in 2007 by the Perrin boys for £19-99.They also produce the deadly serious ,Beaucaste which is 4 times the cost..The very greatest in the world is Chateau Rayas;anyone stuck for my birthday present on december 12th (same day as Teresa Aitken and my eldest boy,Nico) ,get hunting.
If you live in London,Leeds or Manchester go to Harvey Nichols for advice.The London shop is my favourite.Forget France.Prices there aare higher tthan here.
If you want something simple for a drinks party please do not buy pinot grigio ,the mark of the dumb.Chile produces great wines.Sainsbury own label varietals such as Merlot are utterly fine for £4.
Colchester Wine are selling some 1983 Lalande De Pomerol for £239-40 a case.Mature,sexy,intellligent choice. Tel 01206 713 560.Unbelievable value for something so rare.
If you want rose champagne the best are Bollinger (not produced by them before now) and Ruinart.Laurent Perrier is not at all good compared to these 2.
For value,Waitrose own label non-vintage at £19-99 is awesome .Their 2002 vintage,rightly recommended in the Observer today,is the very best for the money.If you do not like a supermarket label then buy the green label Mesnil 2004 from Waitrose.It is produced next door to Krug.Exotic.
To get the Krug flavour try the Pelorus vintage sold at Majestic (where the minimum sale is now 6 bottles).It is about £19-99.A friend asked me in the summer to help her choose the best pop for her engagement party.I gave her a shortlist of 4 which were tasted blind.This was both the best and the cheapest.
Tesco own label is sound but they are selling a 2000 vintage as part of their best of range.It is 50 p more than the non-vintage .I bought every single bottle they had at my local branch.
Much is made of English sparkling wine but you can buy perfect french vintage for less.
Finally,avoid supermarket £9-99 muck.Sainsburys had some today.The best in Sainsbury is their own Blanc de Noir for £16-99.
If you must buy a big label then Piper or Taittinger.I do not get Moet at all.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thanks are due to Carly and Kathryn who were my brilliant minders this week and thanks to the other Kathryn for her kindness.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
His team are employed, not hit and miss freelancers, and cover the whole of the country.
As a small taster i propose
Stuart McKechnie-9 Gough Square,a favourite of mine (and the very senior injury guru,Marshall,at Walker Morris).Modest Brilliant with clients who must be terrified of the legal lottery..He really understands heavy injury claims.A foodie and Bibendum fan.
Simon Butler-the most thoughtful man i know and who is adored by the Court of Appeal as i found out last monday night talking to members at the Garrick Club.He is a formidable talent on developing liability in tort.
Sean Jones 11 KBW-were anyone stupid enough to give me a job this is the man i would always go to when dismissed (as i would be) .Winner of the employment barrister of the year .He has nearly forgiven me for getting us tipsy at Le Caprice on St Patricks night.
Dr Mark Friston-The king of costs advocacy.He has been involved in the case of the year,Gibbon.Very thorough.Kind.When a friend thought she was about to lose £51,000 on a bill he rode to the rescue and recovered every penny.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The new edition of the book is out at the end of the month with a cover illustrated by my gorgeous Chloe.
Thanks also to Helen Matthews at Bircham Dyson Bell for coping as i crashed through the door to talk to a packed audience in Westminster 30 minutes after the webinar ended.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
.If you want somewhere more relaxed with the most amazing food and a stunning wine list then go to the Wheatsheaf at Combe Hay,a ten minute taxi ride out in deep countryside.It is so lovely that the man who created Ashes to Ashes bought the house nearby when he made his millions.
The Bartons are the wondrous people who run it with a passion.Highly recommended.Ian Barton has forgotten more about wine than i will ever know.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Well it happened again yesterday when i had the best legal fun sitting on the High Court bench with His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC in Birmingham as part of my new job monitoring case/costs management for Sir Rupert Jackson.
At the end of trial the parties agreed to ask for a stay for a year,pending the outcome of other proceedings.Simon Brown was having none of it.He chucked the parties out to agree the minimum quantum the winner was bound to get.20 minutes later he had made an award of £20,000 and resolved costs too in a sensible manner.In all seriousness i think that Judges ought to spend half a day watching how it is done.It calls for a simple knowledge of Part 1 of the CPR and commonsense.This man is exemplary.
I will spend a full day next month sitting and will then write my initial report.
I was on my best behaviour apart from a delirious moment when i wondered if i could pass the death sentence whilst on the bench .She had a lucky escape.
Friday, 15 October 2010
The Prime Minister in his introduction to the report published today admits that he asked Lord Young to consider costs and compensation when in opposition.He proceeds to embrace the Young proposals.In turn,"I fully endorse the recommendations that he has made" says Young of the Jackson report.Unanimity.
Earlier this week i was asked by Sir Rupert and the Master of the Rolls to oversee the Mercantile costs management pilot and today Sir Rupert gave me the job of doing the same in the Construction Court.It is (unsurprisingly ) clear they mean business.
The legend that is Ken Slade of Weightmans has produced a perfect summary of Young.Please e mail me if you would like a copy;firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 2 October 2010
One argument they raised against this was based upon section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 ,part of which was enacted yesterday.Section 1 does indeed seek to impose upon public authorities a duty to have regard to the reduction of socio-economic inequalities.
Sadly ,i do not think this will stand up.The section is not in force and i have it on high authority that the new government will never implement it,a measure created by the previous government.Section 2 is noteworthy for empowering the government to carve out exclusions from section 1 at will.I know a little bit about employment law and fear that this argument will never get off the ground.
Now Article 6 may be a better bet.I think ,professionally and personally,the next 3 months are going to be amazing.We shall see.
There is a mistake in question 8 on the new questionaire! It should say (A) attachments to e-mails not attachments to (A) e-mails etc.
It will still be an issue as to proportionality when determining if the e-disclosure path should be taken.I thought this was all new but i recently met an older lady who was involved in litigation long ago where e-disclosure took place.It is certainly fashionable now.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Those doing clinical negligence work can expect to be squeezed by Young and Jackson.Civil servants are briefing the media now that the cost to the NHS is £770,000,000,up by a third in 3 years.