19.2.07

Day 98 (week 21): Cheaper to kill...

Today we had a conference with the solicitor in a fatal accident case. Tragic accident at work when a builder was killed by machinery falling on top of him. The Boss was representing the employer’s insurers and commented pretty early on that the case was, “A lot cheaper by virtue of him having died. Could have been worth millions in loss of earnings if he’d lived.” As it is, the deceased was separated from his wife and had no kids and the claim is therefore worth hardly anything at all.

Very strange law that makes it cheaper to kill than to maim.

In the meantime, BusyBody has gone from desolate moping to utterly hyper with no transition period in between. She´s now a caricature even of her old self. Her words are spewing out even faster than normal and mysteriously her quite posh middle England accent is occasionally dropping the odd vowel in favour of South London drawl. I´ve also heard about sightings of her working in Chambers as early as 6am and as late as midnight. All very strange, even if she is my competition. I have to admit to feeling slightly responsible for this due to the stitch up about YouTube and the Head of Chambers. However, whenever I have asked hw she was, all I get back is a staccato, “All fine. Good. Excellent. Anyway. Very busy. Very. Lots of papers. Must get through them. Lots. Anyway. Thank you. Yes. All OK. Anyway. So. How are you?”

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether you will be please or not, but your blog has been mentioned in PI Brief Update -see http://www.pibriefupdate.com. I had a quick look and there may be enough to identify you - with a pupil master called in 1988 from Winchester and Cambridge ... can't be too many of them. I hope you have not been too unkind to those around you, if you are identified.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your blog - which I also picked up through PIBU. However, your comments about the shipping case may have proved VERY unwise. Frankly what you have admitted to, may even amount to being an accessory to a fraud on the Boss's part. For your sake (and I do mean this because I wish you well, not ill) I hope you are really as unidentifiable as you say you are - and that includes by an investigation which seeks disclosure from the blog host etc. If not you might be wise to delete this record NOW and shut this down before the press get hold of it! If you remain undetected however, I look forward to reading about the outcome.

BabyBarista said...

Thank you both for your comments. Just so that neither of you are worried, you will see at the top right hand corner of this blog in the "Profile" it says the following: "This is a fictional account of a pupil barrister undergoing the trials of pupillage at the English Bar. It is not based on fact."

Anonymous said...

Your blog is very amusing and very cynical. Your portrayal of the pupil barrister is extremely good, and very convincing. It is plain from the accuracy of the detail that you are or have been a barrister. The pupil is however a very unattractive character. He promises to be the worst sort of barrister: able, articulate and wholly without integrity - an Alan B’Astard character. Although the Boss is not someone to be admired, and should be struck off, it looks as though the pupil will turn out to be an odious clone of him. I am very glad it is fictional. The Bar would not welcome this low type of person.

Lawdent said...

It's a pleasure. I spent last night reading it all. Great stuff.
Thanks also.

BabyBarista said...

I am very glad you both like the blog. Thank you very much for your comments.

Lawyerlike said...

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http://graysdictionary.blogspot.com

;)

BabyBarista said...

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the default attorney said...

That's why we have the wrongful death statute over here. Otherwise, good incentive to just back up the lorry, have another go, and finish off the bloke.

That was my lame attempt at British.
Like the blog and always happy to reciprocate; especially those across the pond.

Cheers!

BabyBarista said...

Thank you for your comment Default Attorney. Glad the blog has some relevance to those across the pond. Some have said that we have imported the whole compensation culture from you guys in the first place. Interesting suggestion that it is only the Wrongful Death Statute stopping you from backing up the lorry and finishing off any victims!