24.2.07

Day 102 (week 21): Scandal

Quite a few things have happened during my pupillage so far, not least that the Boss has committed fraud and been found out and the Head of Chambers’ sexism has appeared on YouTube. However, none of this compares to what (allegedly) happened last night. BusyBody went home with one of Chambers’ clerks. There’s nothing that makes a scandal more juicy than a bit of old-fashioned snobbery and this had the snobs gossiping in their droves this morning.

About twenty members of Chambers had gotten together in a wine bar with a few friendly solicitors to launch a book written by a particularly boring member of Chambers (and that’s saying something). Not exactly the height of glamour for a so-called book launch but nevertheless the champagne was flowing. The clerks had all been invited along as has been Chambers’ policy now for the last two years. Before that, only the head clerk was ever allowed out to social functions and even then only on marketing events. Ridiculous policy considering the clerks are not only the people who bring in most of the work but are far more capable of socialising with solicitors than most of the eccentrics in Chambers.

Anyway, the worries over the mixing barristers and clerks came to fruition last night to the horror not only of many members of the Bar but, it has to be said, a few of the clerks too. Don’t let it be said that the divide has only been perpetuated by the barristers. It seems some of the clerks also cling to the old divisions. Anyway, whatever the rights and wrongs, BusyBody drunkenly stumbled into a taboo. So far, no-one quite knows what happened but they were certainly seen canoodling on the street as they waited for a cab.

Poor BusyBody. Her head was bowed low today and she refused to talk to anybody. She’s already ruined any chances of getting taken on and she’s now gone and ruined her chances of bagging that rich barrister, too. Or at least one in these Chambers.

7 comments:

Only X Years Left said...

I've nothing of any value to add, just thought I'd tell you I love your blog. Absolutely hilarious - even for someone with no experience of the profession whatsoever.

Root said...

As I fall to the floor, tears of joy and laughter rolling down my cheeks I just wonder again.......can it really be true:)

Anonymous said...

Hey Root.....are you this guy's brother or something?

Calm down....

Anonymous said...

BusyBody's not doing hereself any favours for tenancy! Great blog

Anonymous said...

you'd better be careful. such a blog, whilst entertaining, and despite that "disclaimer" could result in your pupillage being terminated.

Root said...

I was brought up to believe that you should never roger anyone from below the gun deck. Of either sex.

Law Student said...

When I first started to read this blog I did wonder if it was actually 'fake'. However, the key point to note is that this series of posts has a plot.