THE LEGAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONTEST 2019: WIN A BEAR & BECOME A SONGWRITER: SUPPORTING FOOD BANKS

The Legal Christmas Music contest is back, for the fourth year running.  All that is required to enter is that you make, or agree you will make,  a donation to a food bank: after that is (as ever) down to skill, talent and a large amount of luck.

 

THE PRIZE

The winner gets the bear.  I’m also hoping to get the winning entry recorded.

THE CONTEST

This year it is more challenging.  Taking any traditional Christmas Carol or song adapt -or re-write- two verses (and only two verses) that are relevant to lawyers or litigators.

TO ENTER

Just agree that you are going to make a donation to a foodbank (see section below). The donation can be via the collection baskets that many major supermarkets have in their premises.

Tweet your verses  using the #Lexmas19  hashtag or put it on the comments section of this blog.

There are no entry criteria. You don’t have to be a lawyer to enter. You don’t have to be in the UK.

You can enter as an individual, as a group or even as a firm. (Bear in mind there is only one bear).

THE CLOSING DATE (AND TIME): 10th DECEMBER 2019

The closing date is 4.00 pm on the 10th December 2018. Note the early closing date.  This is to ensure that the winner gets the bear from Christmas and that we get the chance to record the winning entry, which should then (technology allowing) be able to be viewed on this blog.

THE JUDGING CRITERIA

There are no objective criteria (so far as I can tell).  No form of entry has preference over another. All bets are off (or on). There is everything to play for.

I’m hoping to pass off the job of judging to a real live judge and some specialist assistants. They will have to remain anonymous to avoid any risk of lobbying, unnecessary skeleton arguments , lengthy bundles, etc.

OUR PATRON

Our patron this year is  Director  of Carpenters – this was a real sacrifice for her as she really wants that bear, but is now unable to enter. (We have no clear idea of what the “patron” does, but other things had “patrons” and I thought it was about time the Music Competition had one. Donna has gone on record as stating that it will stand her in good stead with the nuns that taught her, they were quite keen on “patron saints”.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

The judges’ decision will be final. No system of appeal exists.  If you lose you can (and indeed must) complain on Twitter (or in the comments section below) that you were robbed. That will be your sole legal remedy.  You will have to live with the fact that you are not, in fact, the best lawyer in the world.

DONATING TO A FOOD BANK

  • A list of food banks are available here.
  • Many major supermarkets have collection baskets.