Monday, 27 May 2013


Recent clients have included accountants PWC in London , insurers , American disclosure providers, law firms and barristers chambers. 
The very latest (may 2013) thoughts of Sir Rupert form the centrepiece of the latest version of my complete overview.

Saturday, 25 May 2013


There are a number of characters out there bursting with prognostications . Look to Kerry Underwood for accurate analysis. His recent Manchester talk in which he demolished the ABS myth was but confirmed today in the FT where it was revealed that the Co-op bank quietly stopped lending to new customers 2 months ago and is £469,000,000 down on impairment losses (page 18). You need to win a few whiplash cases to make up that deficit.
Kerry should be elected Law Society President.He knows how to look after his adored profession.


Since it has already been decided that Lady Justice Hallett is going to be the next LCJ why is 'The Times' producing columns about her and the essay  which the 'candidates ' must write ?
Thomas LJ needs to be promoted to a position where he can get a grip on process and procedure ; he is pragmatic and without equal in that department.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


Hampshire Police v Taylor is a new decision of the Court of Appeal published on the BAILLI website . It will be of considerable interest to injury lawyers but the real charm is the firm application of FOX V FOUNDATION PILING LTD ; the winner ought normally to be given all of their costs and not merely a percentage .
How quaint that the court mentions a payment in , abolished 6 years ago ! 

Friday, 17 May 2013

Mrs Justice Carr

Congratulations to Sue Carr QC on being appointed to the High Court bench . She could have been an even more prominent Judge. The makers of ' Judge Judy ' considered an English version and Sue Carr was seriously considered but the company abandoned the idea . Their loss , our gain. Strange but  true . 


A lovely team . Thanks to my travelling companions Karyn Coburn and Sarah Lee ! 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Hugues Lepin is the best informed wine man I have ever met . He was sommelier for Alan Ducasse which says it all .
He has now set up in business to source wines and he can also host tastings and supply for parties . Whilst he can find good stuff ( he recently sourced £45, 000 of Mouton ) he will happily get you a case of good wine for daily consumption or a bottle for a special present . His contacts are astonishing .
You can reach him at WINE SOURCE 0203 574 4036 -
Recommended without reservation and , as ever , I do not have any financial interest here at all. He is just lovely . 

Monday, 13 May 2013


The Litigation legend and most elegant man died suddenly last night . He was so kind to me as a trainee and was the best fun . He adored Maggie whom he met at Thompsons . 

Sunday, 12 May 2013


On friday I was at the superb ACL Conference .
I sat for dinner with Simon and Emma Hughes , his exotic junior in the Henry case. Jeremy Morgan QC has now retired and I think Simon is the new big beast in costs work . You watch .

Monday, 6 May 2013


This topic above all others is the source of greatest anxiety . On the 'New law Journal' website and free for all is the definitive guide written by the man synonymous with the art and that is HH Judge Simon Brown QC. Look and learn.