Day 86 (week 18): Time out

Time dominates everything about life in Chambers. From the day you enter you are labelled not by your ability but by the time. Branded with a date mark. Your year of call. As people rise in Chambers, their rent goes up in accordance with that year of call. So does their name on the board outside. Time also overshadows the work itself. The number of hours spent preparing a particular case will determine its brief fee, along with the number of hours it will take to travel to and from court in addition to the time in court itself.

Don’t know why I mention it save for the fact that today everyone seems to be chasing the clock in one form or another and I suddenly realised that that’s how it is each and every day of a barrister’s life.

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