- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408801140
- ISBN-13: 978-1408801147
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Law and Disorder: Confessions of a Pupil Barrister Paperback – 2 Aug 2010
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'A wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud' Jeremy Vine, broadcaster 'A cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary ... a gallop of a read' The Times 'In ever-more wicked and devilishly-funny ways, from hacking into someone's Facebook page to committing identity fraud, BabyB tumbles down the slippery slope from eager competitiveness to underhand racketeering faster than you can say "Objection your honour"' Big Issue 'For all those aspiring advocates who believe they are entering a glamorous or even principled profession, this book is essential reading.' Independent
About the Author
Tim Kevan practised as a barrister in London for ten years. Educated at Cambridge University, he is also the co-author of Why Lawyers Should Surf (with Dr Michelle Tempest) and the co-founder of two businesses: CPD Webinars and Law Brief Publishing. He lives in Braunton, North Devon and enjoys surfing.
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One major problem -and the premise for this book - is the system still practiced in many chambers of accepting four or more newly qualified `baby barristers' for a year's pupillage, when it is known from the outset that there will be a tenancy available for only one. To an outsider, or parent of a barrister - like me - this seems immoral; to Mr Kevan, who survived it, it provides the setting for an orgy of black comedy. `Life is war' his pupil master says; and from day one, the young barristers learn this lesson. Like baby birds, they are in a nest where only one can survive; the cuckoo kills the rest.
The justification for this system, one barrister explains, is that the lawcourts themselves are a theatre of conflict, where backstabbing, deception, and dirty tricks abound. To survive in these courts, and (occasionally) defend your clients, a barrister needs to have learned these lessons early, in the cut-throat battle for tenancy.
I read this book shortly after reading The Homicide Chronicle: Defending the Citizen Accused, a US defense attorney (now a judge) who is so concerned with justice that he claims he would never defend anyone if he did not actually believe in his client's innocence. There could be no greater contrast between that book and the world Tim Kevan portrays, where -just as in several John Grisham stories - the vital and over-riding concern of almost all the barristers is quite simple: their fees.
Ouch. So what is the truth? Halfway between the two, I would hope. But Mr Kevan's view is very persuasive. This is a really enjoyable book: amusing, entertaining, witty, very easy to read. I will definitely read the next.
Unfortunately, the author has been seriously let down by his publisher, Bloomsbury. I read this book on kindle, and the editing and formatting of the ebook are truly awful; there are errors all over the place. A reputable publisher like Bloomsbury should do much, much better. Perhaps the paperback is edited properly: I hope so for the author's sake. He writes well; his editors should do their job too.
If I was to say anything to anyone who's a bit unsure about getting the book; enjoy!
You have to read this :-) It's a good insight into the British legal system, and it's a great documentation of how various types of humans with different styles have success at the same job, while still managing to play it their own way.
I know this guy. The writer. It would be terrible for me if his book were bad. Thankfully it is not. Actually, I couldn't put it down :-) Sleep and work were a necessary but annoying interruption between reading, and I got into the book's BabyBarista character and his exploits quickly. He shows a nice progression of skills he needs to get over a work obstacle and on to the next, and I found myself more than once REALLY wanting to turn to the end of the book to see if he got the girl and/or the job. (I remember getting a similar excitement when reading The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, but in that book the feeling was more to see if the poor love would be alright.)
The characters BabyBarista meets in his year of work feel real, genuine and believable. Ahhhh. Which brings me to a point. This book is either a work of fact, or a work of fiction. If it is fact then BabyBarista should be applying for work in the Intelligence Services of MI6, the CIA or similar :-) I think it is more likely it is a work of fiction. I consider the author sitting at home each night, finally able to relax a little, as he runs through in his mind the events of the day, letting himself imagine what COULD have happened if James Bond had lived the same day through :-)
I read the book by chapters, as they are not too long, and it is written in a diary style so if you only have a minute each time you pick it up then that is catered for too.
The author signed my copy of the book at one of the book signings. I said to write from the heart, and when I read his comment it makes me smile every time. So he really IS a good writer :-)
One more thing. If you did read this book please do write a review. It will be very appreciated.
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