COVID REPEATS 11: IF THEY SAY IT WILL BE “GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR YOU” – WATCH OUT…

Here we are looking again at the good advice given by lawyers, and others, on Twitter in January 2017.  It may make more sense to start at the bottom of this post and follow the timeline upwards. Whichever way you read it there are dozens of golden nuggets of information here.

“Never, EVER lose to a litigant in person. If you do, don’t tell a soul. Not even your Mum.”

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

.@tonylaw67 Judging from the number of tweets I’m going to have to do a whole section on “advocacy & the usher”.
11:17 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Anthony Reddiford
@tonylaw67

@CivilLitTweet always take time to chat to the usher. Judges sometimes tell them their thoughts on your case. Besides, it’s polite.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall

                  

(((Adam Creme)))
@Adam_Creme

@CivilLitTweet @snigskitchen Always allow people to underestimate you. Cultivate it even.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:11 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Mark Baldwin
@markwilden

@Greekbluenose @CivilLitTweet Is that better or worse than losing when the other side hasn’t turned up? Asking for a friend.

deborah
@dlsmithies

@Prufcbarrister @CivilLitTweet this is my biggest bugbear. If I had £1 for every time I’ve arrived as court opens & waited 90 mins for oppo!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:22 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Andrew Wilson
@Prufcbarrister

@dlsmithies @CivilLitTweet agreed. Would rather be two hours early than 2 minutes late.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:22 AM – 14 Jan 2017

Andrew Wilson
@Prufcbarrister

@CivilLitTweet and oppo won’t arrive until 2 minutes before hearing due.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:02 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

@bobbidog @CivilLitTweet @MAM12CP yes, this. Also don’t despair that 90% of prep was waste with hindsight.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:00 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Mark Harvey
@markharvey54

@CivilLitTweet When they say “this’ll be good experience for you”: watch out! Awful task on the way.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:49 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

What they don’t teach you in Law School: turning the other cheek https://t.co/fdO3tfPmoj
9:47 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Bernard Richmond
@phatsilk_qc

@GazWeetman @MAM12CP @CivilLitTweet but when it said nude/pink Gaz, it meant just your lips!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:46 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Sarah Greenan
@Sarah_Zenith

@njohnston1275 @CivilLitTweet Or turning up without any of the relevant papers?
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:45 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Vanessa Saxton
@bobbidog

@CivilLitTweet @MAM12CP serious tip – you can never over prepare for advocacy the Judge will always think of that tricky question…
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:45 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

WelshGirlAbroad
@WGAbroad

@DghSpanishWelsh @CivilLitTweet or use work (plausibly) to contrive only seeing each other when you actually want to…😂
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:44 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Jamie Clarke
@jamierclarke

@Sarah_Zenith @CivilLitTweet Privatisation of public inefficiency, i.e., let the cost of under resources fall elsewhere
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:44 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Mary Aspinall-Miles
@MAM12CP

@CivilLitTweet Red Lippy for mean XX and gentle nude/pink for closing speeches. Genuine tip given to me as a pupil! #lawschool 💋
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall

                  

Matt
@undulanti

@CivilLitTweet Regardless of merits, litigation is often a fool’s game.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:00 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Matt
@undulanti

@CivilLitTweet If you’re just starting (and male), silk ties will get ruined by bundles & people borrowing for meetings. Have cheap backups.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:00 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Matt
@undulanti

@CivilLitTweet At the start, pay can be crippling low. Paying bills, rent, trains(!), education loans etc. will be harder than you think.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:00 AM – 14 Jan 2017

                  

Matt
@undulanti

@CivilLitTweet Don’t be the lawyer that thinks for them to succeed, others have to fail. Give everyone in the firm room to do a good job.

@DghSpanishWelsh@WGAbroad & if you have two barristers in the household?
11:27 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet most important: choose your spouse very carefully. Your career will demand as much of them as of you.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:26 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@WGAbroad@CivilLitTweet advantage of practice in Cardiff is that chambers rideable 🚴
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:14 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@_Jardy_@CivilLitTweet@chrisdaleoxford@AlisonJBurge #ironyalert !
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall

                  
@CivilLitTweet “the judge is just reading your papers now” is roughly equivalent to “your call is important to us and will be answered soon”
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:11 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet The client that says “I don’t care how much it costs – it is the principle” will always complain how much it costs.
@CivilLitTweet the one question you wish you’d asked your client? The answer will come, unbidden, from smthing unrelated in crossexamination
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:03 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet@CrimBarrister@MAM12CP Oh, & a spare white normal collar. Having spares at all times almost guarantees you’ll not need them.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:02 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@tealovinglawyer@DghSpanishWelsh Now you tell me..,
11:02 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@DghSpanishWelsh@CivilLitTweet don’t be retweeting that. My team will see 😉
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:01 PM – 13 Jan 2017

 

                  
@CivilLitTweet@CrimBarrister@MAM12CP … Copy HC rules; copy Circuit rules; spare set tabs in rules. One in, one out, for each item. 2
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:58 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@DghSpanishWelsh@CivilLitTweet might be a pet peeve of mine!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:58 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Very good tip! Goes for all levels. https://t.co/Zd12OZ82Aq
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:58 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@MAM12CP@CivilLitTweet@CrimBarrister it fell over inside the machine at the principal reg. 🙄
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:58 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet A solicitor one.Pagination & bundling is the devil’s work.Every case has missing or double printed… https://t.co/RrakmbBjHm
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:58 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet@CrimBarrister@MAM12CP My brief bag consists of: wig, wrapped in gown; collarbox with 3-4 collars, two sets tabs, studs; …
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:56 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet if you receive a stupid letter/email, draft your reply, print it, wait 24 hours & then re-read & edit it before sending.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:53 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@MAM12CP@CivilLitTweet@CrimBarrister Get coffee on the way to court and be careful not to put through xray security with your bags.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:53 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet assume any letter or email you send will be read in open court. #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:53 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Oh & I go all the way to London only to see Leeds barrister in same court. @StirredNtShaken
10:53 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@timoconnorbl@CrimBarrister@MAM12CP Spare set in my wig tin (learnt from experience).
10:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CrimBarrister@CivilLitTweet@MAM12CP And, if a barrister: always, ALWAYS, spare front and back studs.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:49 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

So now I have to work out an easy way to get all these useful tweets onto the blog. @legalcheek you know how to do it…

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@CivilLitTweet Exercise when you can. There’ll be times when you can’t, but don’t let that be an excuse. It’ll keep you sane.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:38 PM – 13 Jan 2017


10:35 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet strong cases will go wrong.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:34 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet if another lawyer asks your advice, give it. Well.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:33 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet take the heat out of disputes.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:33 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

@CivilLitTweet you will think of better points/questions/arguments after the case has finished

                  
The court had none of the essential papers, or the application (filed in August).
10:23 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet I had no idea it was possible to function on 2hrs sleep a night when I was a student #ThoseWereTheDays
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:21 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Today. Got up at 5.00am for a hearing listed at 10.00 (that actually started at 2.00).
10:21 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet I don’t want to scare them off the profession entirely!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:20 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet your first day in court will be scary and you won’t know what to expect – remember for clients it’s almost always like that
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:19 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@AndrewMcCosts@ClarionCosts@suefox2410 Unless there’s a Part 36 offer…
10:19 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet … and you’ll keep checking limitation dates like you’re checking if you turned the gas off (i.e frequently)
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:17 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet always charge something; never fall out with anyone; never interrupt someone signing a doc; never advise friends/family
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:17 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@SianGough 10 hours – luxury…
10:16 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet You won’t be the only lawyer at court whose had a grand total of ten hours sleep all week
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:16 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Sometimes #law is not the answer… https://t.co/lT2UNL7a6R
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:05 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet procedure and procedural law firms a massive amount of your day to day work in normal practice
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
10:05 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@MAM12CP@CrimBarrister@CivilLitTweet I carry valium…
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:55 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
I am hoping to gather up all these pearls of wisdom on starting practice into a blog post (with acknowledgements).Is this OK with everyone?
9:55 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
What happens when you tweet too early in the morning https://t.co/fdO3tfPmoj
9:53 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
How long have you got. Take responsibility. In the real world firms won’t carry you. #toughlovehttps://t.co/OOiLQXmWv1
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:53 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Churchill knows best: “courage is what it takes to stand up & speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down & listen”
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:52 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Is basic accounting and marketing on the list?
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:51 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CrimBarrister@MAM12CP@CivilLitTweet your best friend will always be the usher. ALWAYS BE NICE TO THE USHER!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CrimBarrister@CivilLitTweet or sobbing witnesses/Ds/family etc OR your nose will run just as you rise to your feet…
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@MAM12CP@CivilLitTweet Yes, 2 handypacks minimum (very often the court bogs will have run out of loo roll & will be worse than at school!)
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CrimBarrister@CivilLitTweet AND TISSUES!!!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@MAM12CP@CivilLitTweet Totes! And I’d add to that: also carry headache pills, Strepsils & alcohol hand gel!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet wear comfy shoes for schlepping,ALWAYS go the loo when you can and carry mints. #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
9:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet you will not be taught how 2 fix the photocopier @ #lawschool but boy you’ll learn when you need that engagement letter out!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall

@CivilLitTweet Which is not to say it’s not a great profession. All worth it, for the right people. But know what you’re getting into.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
8:19 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@reedmj@CivilLitTweet And that’s just your colleagues…
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
8:19 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@mediatelegal@CivilLitTweet Also doesn’t help when they think “I only said that because my lawyer told me to” gets them out of jail.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
8:19 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet never give your significant other an ETA for your return home. It will never be accurate.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
8:19 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet I find people know you have to be smart (they often overestimate that bit) and you have to work hard… https://t.co/xgcmwl1x63
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:56 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet It’s emotionally hard work. Tough decisions under pressure, often made alone. Dealing with scared /… https://t.co/oR8DwxjGsv
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:54 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@mediatelegal@CivilLitTweet Primarily when in the middle of their evidence when you can’t talk to them.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:54 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Read this by @Wigapediahttps://t.co/41ht7LlPiI
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:54 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Fact https://t.co/KCuMUGVo79
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:51 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet be prepared for a client to perform a complete about turn on a crucial fact in your carefully prepared case.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:46 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet If you have a full day in Court ahead, always make sure you have decent breakfast; even if you have to force it down
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:36 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet That extra 15 mins sleep is not worth having to conduct your con in a busy waiting area because all… https://t.co/5oa9inEhUp
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:36 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet #lawschool Elizabeth and I wrote something along these lines – out of print but prob 2nd hand avail… https://t.co/eYvIdUXcwg
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:36 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@tealovinglawyer@CivilLitTweet read the white book… cover to cover
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:36 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@pibarrister@CivilLitTweet and don’t drink to much coffee / water
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:36 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet I once saw counsel park next to a parking attendant outside Court and ask how much the fine was before leaving her car…
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:36 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@andrewmckie@CivilLitTweet But do drink enough. There’s a Nobel Prize for whoever can come up with a ‘time in Cour… https://t.co/OFKpKYBKP7
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall

                  
@CivilLitTweet spelling! Read, re-read and read again!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:31 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@giles_morrison@Adam_Creme@maxschofield@HampshireLawyer The Boys are Back in…,
7:31 PM – 13 Jan 2017

 

                  
@CivilLitTweet you have to get off the fence. We are paid to give advice!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
5:50 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet do not ask your supervisor a question without at least trying to figure it out yourself first
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
5:33 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet what you learn on the LPC has zero resemblance to any day at work!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
5:33 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
A real star of the Bar whose efforts over the years have made a more secure future for so many badly injured claima… https://t.co/CTO035b0Zz
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
5:26 PM – 13 Jan 2017
How to manage stress so that it doesn’t become a health riskhttps://t.co/AIEDne1qyehttps://t.co/DwDvxb2qCD
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
4:39 PM – 13 Jan 2017

 

                  
@MattJEJackson@CivilLitTweet@alistair_sloan Beware of fruit of the poisoned tree – paper clock parking schemes. @CarlisleCC@EdenCouncil
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
3:12 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet There are more crimes against espresso coffee committed in the court cafe than you’ll find in Smith & Hogan #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
3:12 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

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3:12 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@arryTuttle@CivilLitTweet DJ “no, you cannot have indemnity costs” Counsel “but muuuuuuuum”
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
3:12 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Physio’s: Surely we can come up with a #physioschool equivalent? What do you know now that wasn’t covered at uni?… https://t.co/8xY1CY5WjF
Retweeted by Gordon Exall1:38 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

1:37 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
                  
@CivilLitTweet if the District Judge is in fact your mum, still call her Ma’am but ask for indemnity costs against the other side
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:37 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
                  
@JohnHyde1982@MoJGovUK@trussliz you could have met the frontline staff at my busy local mags court, but the MOJ shut it. 11 miles away now
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:33 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

1:33 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
When u r instructed 2b at ct 4 hrs away by 9am + u r : ct won’t be open & client won’t b there for an hr despite living local #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:32 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet when addressing a female District Judge, the correct address is “Ma’am” and not “Mum”
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:30 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet How best to quickly achieve the client’s desired outcome cf. raising interesting legal issues (the latter needed sometimes!)
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:30 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet In my defence, that was the very best I could do with the facts!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:30 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
The ‘quick, agreed, half hour directions’ hearing will finish around 8pm #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:28 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
If you want your case to settle find an extortionately expensive car park & pay in advance for the whole day #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:28 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
If u decide to be organised and prep ahead and spend all day prepping u can be sure second u finished case will settle/be vacated #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:27 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
If you tweet something at 4am at least five other lawyers will have replied by 4.10am #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:27 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Ha ha. Yes! Or send an e mail thinking they’ll read later.https://t.co/j3J98zfYgW
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:27 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet No matter how bad your Relief app is, submitting that the rule is more honoured in the breach than i… https://t.co/Tz1PzXn8RB
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:21 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
                  
@ReasonAboveAll You could be more sinned against than sinning…
1:18 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Never quote Shakespeare if the judge won’t recognise it. Explanations ruin the impact!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:17 PM – 13 Jan 2017
@CivilLitTweet Your insurance company file handler (your side or opposing) will not know of the existence of the CPR.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
1:13 PM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet I used to do Northampton to Newcastle when I had a boss who refused to pay for hotels even for 10am starts.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall

 

                  
@PaulLawBlacks@CivilLitTweet Also applies in journalism, Paul. Add to that court staff (front of house and back office), on whom we depend.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:58 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@Neil_Wilby@CivilLitTweet sad to say, as a young solicitor who knew everything, this was a lesson learned the hard way!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:58 AM – 13 Jan 2017

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11:51 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@PaulLawBlacks@CivilLitTweet Every Christmas box of chocolates dropped into secretaries and receptionists is an investment.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:50 AM – 13 Jan 2017
@CivilLitTweet always treat receptionists and legal secretaries like the gods amongst mere mortals that they actually are #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:46 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
Clever arguments are all very well but sometimes nothing more than polite persistence will do it! #negotiation
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:42 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
I was outdoor clerk, 19 and did most of the court appointments PTR’s, directions hearings/ taxations. Sure beat wor… https://t.co/2CQ4ljNsph
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:42 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet If you suspect you might be floating, if there’s any way you can justify a court translator, you won’t be floating for long.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:40 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Dark chocolate covered gingers from Tesco have been working best so far.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:31 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@MattJEJackson Nice?
11:30 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Best not to try on the Legal Advisers as it might look like actual bribery.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:30 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet If you regularly prosecute in the same magistrates’ court, there are two groups of people who are open to bribery on Fridays.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:30 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet The other people in the CPS room and the ushers. Bribery with biscuits is the preferred form.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:30 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
@CivilLitTweet Never, ever be anything less than lovely to anyone. Except your oppo if necessary.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:25 AM – 13 Jan 2017
                  

Mark Watson
@lookatmybriefs

@CivilLitTweet due to either a wheelie bag or carrying a bag, you will end up walking a bit like Quasimodo, but in a suit.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
11:23 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Vanessa Saxton
@bobbidog

@CivilLitTweet@robinthemint play nice with the court staff from usher to chief clerk at all times…
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11:23 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Annabel Corcoran
@AnnabelG2legal

These tweets on what #lawschool should teach you by @CivilLitTweet makes for some fun, light-hearted Friday reading: https://t.co/ksjNzcoKmB
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Chris A. Stott
@TaffieBaggie

@CivilLitTweet Once flew from Cardiff to Newcastle for an all day DA. Only one DJ available to do 4 all day DAs. Heard at 2pm..adjourned.
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9:43 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

@Leisha007 On my way….
9:39 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

Definitely practising what I preach. Travelled 200 miles. Arrived early, & I am in very large “floating list” #lawschool
9:37 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Andrew Bailey
@resipsaloquiter

@CivilLitTweet early morning finishes as well.
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9:35 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Daniel Taylor
@DTWorkNew

@CivilLitTweet Your advocacy skills will be more strenuously tested discussing “brew rounds” with colleagues than in Court.
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9:35 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

@CivilLitTweet that cases are won or lost on the facts and this is not mentioned in judgments, which are all about law not conflict of facts
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9:34 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

James Leighton
@JamesA_Leighton

@CivilLitTweet if something is premised with ‘this will only take 5 minutes…’ it will absolutely not #lawschool
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9:21 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

8:42 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

John Plunkett
@JohnPlunks

@CivilLitTweet And you may be required to find other “economic opportunities” outside of law. Bit like doctor = mechanic!!!

Bernard Richmond
@phatsilk_qc

@BPTC_Lecturer@JJ_brum@EmmaDixon_EU@KMarysiaW@CivilLitTweet – despite being a tag, finish all questions with “Innit?” Or “Ya get me?”
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8:41 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

(((Ishan)))
@BPTC_Lecturer

@Defencebrief@Sarah_Zenith@CivilLitTweet All permitted by the HCJ I might add. Witness read lips and could faintly hear me & Pros.
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8:40 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

(((Ishan)))
@BPTC_Lecturer

👍 It’s unnecessary garnish. Content & intonation should make it abundantly clear you are putting something of import https://t.co/veZiv2q696
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8:35 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

(((cayenneleung)))
@cayenneleung1

@itsalawyerslife@CivilLitTweet@TravelodgeUK even
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8:34 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

JJ!
@JJ_brum

@EmmaDixon_EU@KMarysiaW@CivilLitTweet absolutely!! Although “I put it to you” is out of fashion.
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8:30 AM – 13 Jan 2017

JIM DIAMOND
@JIMDIAMONDLAW

Went to BIRKENHEAD CC in 1980! God have I really spend nearly 4 decades in this bloody industry!!!! https://t.co/PLYHB6UQLy
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8:28 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Andy Ellis
@Costs2

@timoconnorbl@CivilLitTweet good description of (Taxing) Master Martyn. Thin lipped smile while he savaged your beautiful bill
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8:24 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

@RhysTaylor32 There is definitely some kind of law of physics at play here..,
8:23 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Nicholas Diable
@Defencebrief

@Sarah_Zenith@CivilLitTweet I showed up to court with a cold so bad I was almost completely deaf. HHJ was deaf so… https://t.co/xhh1KbveSV
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8:22 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Rhys Taylor
@RhysTaylor32

Send your client out of the court building to get a coffee or have a smoke to ensure you get called on immediately #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
8:22 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

(((Tim O’Connor)))
@timoconnorbl

@CivilLitTweet When you see someone – colleague or judge – who you may think is a harmless old buffer smiling gently, be very, very afraid.
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8:20 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

deborah
@dlsmithies

@CivilLitTweet …the Leeds case will either prove intractably complicated and take 2 hours, or it will be stood down.
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8:20 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

deborah
@dlsmithies

@CivilLitTweet if your clerk sends you to do a 1st-on-at-10 in Leeds and then a 2pm in Sheffield, assuring you the Leeds case is swift…
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8:20 AM – 13 Jan 2017

8:20 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Sarah Greenan
@Sarah_Zenith

@CivilLitTweet A bad cold is not an excuse for failing to attend a hearing: childbirth & death are (possibly).
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Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

@Sarah_Zenith & “we’ll definitely use you in future” after a winning trial means you will never see that person ever again…
8:16 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Sarah Greenan
@Sarah_Zenith

@CivilLitTweet Little correlation between quality of yr performance in crt & chance of repeat instruction from person sitting behind you.
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8:14 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  
                 

It’s a lawyer’s life
@itsalawyerslife

Or book a hotel for several nights https://t.co/y8S3K3MWJm
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8:10 AM – 13 Jan 2017

Daniel Taylor
@DTWorkNew

EVERY. TIME! https://t.co/4dXBwispPc
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8:09 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Sarah Greenan
@Sarah_Zenith

@CivilLitTweet A printer which otherwise works reliably will cease to function when you ask it to print your skeleton argument.
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8:09 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

It’s a lawyer’s life
@itsalawyerslife

The one time you’ve had a late night and only skim read your brief, the judge will ask you for a detailed opening #lawschool
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8:09 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Andrew Mckie
@andrewmckie

@CivilLitTweet never assume anything!
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8:06 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Kerry Underwood
@kerry_underwood

.@McDermottQC @CivilLitTweet@KMarysiaW@EmmaDixon_EU Yes- and rather better than the CPR the rest of us have.

Richard Moorhead
@RichardMoorhead

@chrisdaleoxford@CivilLitTweet judges, nothing prepares you for judges. Also, metaphorically, make subtle love to the ushers
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8:04 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Nishat
@NCh_87

@CivilLitTweet make the usher your best friend if you want to be at the top of the list.
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DefenceSylph
@carnybull

@cjr1968@CivilLitTweet You will prepare, thanks to vague instructions..the case for the other side
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8:02 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Chris Dale
@chrisdaleoxford

@CivilLitTweet Far-off application dates; non-availability of court or judge; difficulty of communicating with the court; waiting rooms
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
8:01 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Catherine Rowlands
@cjr1968

@CivilLitTweet or if you get up early to use it before you leave.
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8:00 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Richard Moorhead
@RichardMoorhead

@CivilLitTweet are you not familiar with essay submission failures?
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8:00 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

If you want your case to settle find an extortionately expensive car park & pay in advance for the whole day #lawschool
8:00 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

(((cayenneleung)))
@cayenneleung1

@alistair_sloan@CivilLitTweet Never, ever use on street parking. Your quick 5min CMD will be moved/delayed & you can’t return to the meter.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:58 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Catherine Rowlands
@cjr1968

@EmmaDixon_EU@KMarysiaW@CivilLitTweet I say “may it please your Honour ”
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7:57 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

John Plunkett
@JohnPlunks

@CivilLitTweet Don’t forget FIXED COSTS and the readjustment to your student loan repayment schedule…
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7:57 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

It’s a lawyer’s life
@itsalawyerslife

The case you’ve stayed up all night to prepare for what you know will be a bitterly fought trial will settle within half an hour #lawschool
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(((Tim O’Connor)))
@timoconnorbl

@CivilLitTweet You can get an entire working day without eating. You will not get through without coffee. Never leave a coffee behind.
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Nικος Ξυδιας
@Greekbluenose

@CivilLitTweet Never, EVER lose to a litigant in person. If you do, don’t tell a soul. Not even your Mum.
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:54 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Marilyn Stowe
@marilynstowe

I know. The court closure policy seems like a huge panic. And no replacement. So great idea…remove the law.… https://t.co/A9Pqtxu9Gl
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:53 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

supersleeper
@supersleeper

@CivilLitTweet and it’s always on the worst weather day of the year!
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7:53 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

K Marysia W
@KMarysiaW

@McDermottQC@EmmaDixon_EU@CivilLitTweet not in Liverpool County Court 🤔
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7:53 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Helen Stanton
@Helannsta

@carnybull@CivilLitTweet Schroedingers Client ……
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:53 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gerard McDermott
@McDermottQC

@KMarysiaW@EmmaDixon_EU@CivilLitTweet I’ve always felt Liverpool had its own CPR …
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7:53 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Helen Stanton
@Helannsta

@CivilLitTweet If your supervisor gives you something ‘really simple , will take 5 mins as it’s all agreed’ BE AFRAID #lawschool
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7:49 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Jamie Clarke
@jamierclarke

@CivilLitTweet Costs!
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:49 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

DefenceSylph
@carnybull

@CivilLitTweet Either way, a potential stress avalanche
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7:49 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

@MartinSalloway1@marilynstowe@JohnHyde1982 Courts they closed decades ago are still standing empty.
7:49 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Martin Salloway
@MartinSalloway1

@marilynstowe@CivilLitTweet@JohnHyde1982 not yet. Mind you, nice bit of real estate: Central London, convenient for the City and West End
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Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

@EmmaDixon_EU@KMarysiaW Controversy…
7:47 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Emma Dixon 🇪🇺
@EmmaDixon_EU

Yes we do! https://t.co/EYn6AW627i
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:46 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Alistair Sloan
@alistair_sloan

@CivilLitTweet when you’re at court for something that will take less than 5 minutes, you’ll be at the end of the list.
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K Marysia W
@KMarysiaW

@CivilLitTweet no one actually says “May it please the Court” 😳#lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:44 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

DefenceSylph
@carnybull

@CivilLitTweet 9am = client at 9.56. 9.45 = client o/s since 8.25
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7:44 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

Any more practical advice for law students on reality of legal practice? #lawschool
7:43 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Helen Stanton
@Helannsta

@CivilLitTweet and always ZERO sympathy from judge ( esp if you are a solicitor) #lawschool
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:38 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Alison Burge
@AlisonJBurge

@WGAbroad@CivilLitTweet yep! Today no doubt being a prime example (yes, I have a train which is running on time!)
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7:38 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

PJ Kirby QC
@kirby_pj

@CivilLitTweet and if you are late your case will have been called first
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7:38 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

@WGAbroad@AlisonJBurge That is always true.
7:38 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

WelshGirlAbroad
@WGAbroad

@CivilLitTweet and if you’ve travelled the furthest, you will be first to arrive (@AlisonJBurge !)
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7:37 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

House cat
@proseccokitty

@CivilLitTweet I made the Bexley legends list the other day, I haven’t a clue what they are?
 Retweeted by Gordon Exall
7:37 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

However if you are 2 minutes late the court will inevitably be running on time #lawschool
7:36 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

When you travel miles & get to court on time your case will then inevitably be delayed for several hours #lawschool
7:35 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                 

Steven Kennedy
@SjBarrister

@CivilLitTweet Learning the best public transports routes in and out of London? #lawschool

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

So always have backups available. Old laptops & printers (that still work) can save a lot of hassle #lawschool
6:22 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

Any piece of technology upon which you rely will fail on the evening before you have to get up early to travel far for a case #lawschool
6:20 AM – 13 Jan 2017

                  

Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet

Thinking of doing a series on what they don’t teach you in Law School – early morning starts is first on the list. #lawschool