27.3.07

Day 123 (week 26): ThirdSix

Today was possibly the worst start to the week imaginable. Just as I am making some progress in my battle with TopFirst, we are all told that for the second six months of pupillage we will be joined by someone who is commonly known as a “third six pupil”. This is basically a barrister who failed to get taken on in his own Chambers and is giving it another go elsewhere. “Git orrrf ma land” was the pretty universal reaction to the news. However much the four of us are in competition (and don’t imagine for a minute that it’s only me being a bit sneaky), there remains a kind of honour among thieves. That whatever we get up to, we’re all in it together. It’s one thing for Celebrity Big Brother to do it to spice up the mix but for a barristers’ Chambers to do it in pupillage…well…it’s just not cricket. Plain and simple. All the more so when we are then told that he is coming from one of the top commercial Chambers at the Bar. With his scholarship to Harvard and his First from Oxford he makes even TopFirst seem like a snivelling lazy skiver struggling to pass his GCSE law. That’s the only good thing, I guess, that it further destabilises TopFirst.

Just not cricket at all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

what is the world coming to indeed!

chris lawson said...

whoever you are babybarista, thank you so very much for cheering up on a tuesday evening. this is fantastic stuff. you've really made it when you're being talked about down the pub as we were yesterday!

Anonymous said...

OK, but ask yourself this - why is he doing a third six, and at a new set? Maybe there's a flaw somewhere - good luck in the search for it.

Anonymous said...

Just wait until you find out that your set of chambers accepts external tenancy applications on an equal footing to your own!

Anonymous said...

good news for us anyway. i'm enjoying the fight!