30.5.10

BabyBarista says that the paywall will be a disaster for The Times

In his most recent post, BabyBarista says that the paywall will be a disaster for the Law Section of The Times in particular and suggests that The Guardian's Law Section might be about to trump it.

Sponsored blog post: Claiming compensation after a cycling accident

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Author: Neil Worrall

27.5.10

Press release: Tim Kevan withdraws his blog from The Times to avoid being associated with their new paywall

For immediate release

Barrister and writer Tim Kevan today withdrew the BabyBarista Blog from The Times in reaction to their plans to hide it away behind a paywall along with their other content. He commented on his new blog:

"Now don’t get me wrong. I have absolutely no problem with the decision to start charging. They can do what they like. But I didn’t start this blog for it to be the exclusive preserve of a limited few subscribers. I wrote it to entertain whosoever wishes to read it. Hence my decision to resign which I made with regret. I remain extremely grateful to The Times for hosting the blog for the last three years and wish them luck with their experiment."

The re-launched site is at www.babybarista.com and includes numerous cartoons of the characters which appear in the blog by Hollywood animator Alex Williams who also draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times.

By way of background, BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister at the English Bar. The stories he tells appeared on The Times for over three years and they also led to him getting two book deals with Harry Potter's publisher Bloomsbury. BabyBarista and the Art of War was published as a trade paperback last year and was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as "a wonderful racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud" and by The Times as "a cross between the talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary". A mass market edition with the new title Law and Disorder is due out in August. Book Two of the BabyBarista Files will also be published by Bloomsbury. The provisional title is Law and Peace and although a date hasn't been finalised it is likely to be published in 2011.

A request from Tim Kevan

Without the support of a large national newspaper, I would appreciate any help I can get in publicising the new blog site. This might be through forwarding the link to your friends or even more helpfully putting up a link up or posting this press release on your own blog or website.

12.5.10

Sponsored blog post: No-win no-fee cases

Personal injury claims receive plenty of media coverage nowadays, notably in the form of television advertisements. As such, it is arguably the case that the public is now more aware than ever as to the legal rights pertaining to negligence law. The pursuit of personal injury claims has been rendered more cost-effective after the introduction of the so-called no win no fee service, which is officially known as the conditional fee arrangement (CFA). The CFA has improved the general public's access to justice by de-risking the process in the context of potential costs when bringing compensation claims before the courts.

The CFA has provided greater financial certainty to those who wish to pursue claims for compensation than had been offered under the old legal system. Where compensation claims are won, CFA solicitors (injury lawyers) would normally recover their costs from the losing parties. In fact, even where cases are lost, claimants are not usually required to pay the costs of their legal advisors under no win no fee arrangements. The CFA does not, however, enable the claimant to avoid all costs.Therefore, most solicitors will take out ATE (after-the-event) policies on their clients' behalf. ATE insurance provides cover in the event that a case is lost, covering the costs of the winning party, which may include court fees and medical expenses.

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