COVID REPEATS 19: THOSE ADVOCATES WHO ARE GOING TO HELL (AND NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATES)
Some advocates are going to hell. This may seem obvious, but the details were fleshed out by Lord Justice Irwin when giving a talk to the Professional Negligence Bar Association on the 17th April 2018 . It is possible to (just about) garner a sense of professional frustration at some of the written and oral submissions that the Lord Justice has to endure.
“The excessively long and complex skeleton argument is a curse. You know who you are. My clerk writes your name in the black book, held in the archive of the Junior Ganymede Club.”
Lord Justice Irwin was speaking at the Peter Taylor Memorial Lecture. The talk is wide ranging, entitled “Complexity and Obscurity in the Law, and how we might mitigate them.” It contains an interesting section on the Civil Procedure Rules. However I want to concentrate on the passages relating to advocacy, both oral and written.