THE (NOT SO) LONELY LITIGATOR’S CLUB: OUR THIRTY FOUNDING MEMBERS: WHERE WILL THE CLUB GO FROM HERE?

We now have thirty founding members of  The (not so) Lonely Litigator’s Club.  I started the  club in the hope that it would give some people some support during lockdown by seeing how other lawyers are coping  whilst working at home. We have had a wide range of people, solicitors of all seniority from managing partners to the newly qualified ; the head of a law centre; a QC; two junior barristers (including one from Ireland); a pupil and a trainee solicitor; a law lecturer and a law student; a barrister’s clerk; a solicitor on  furlough. We have members in Scotland and Wales.  There are two (anonymous) District Judges who are members. There have been commercial lawyers and housing lawyers. We have had a solicitor who suffered from COVID and was given a 50% chance of survival.  We had contributions from those who were highly experienced in remote working to those who were learning about, and struggling with,  technology for the first time. We completed the founding members with a solicitor who has dealt with the problems of closing down a practice in the middle of the pandemic whilst under palliative care for stomach cancer.  We, undoubtedly, are not diverse enough yet, but we have made a start.

 

WHERE WILL THE CLUB GO FROM HERE?

This is not the end of the series but a beginning.  I know the pandemic is still on but it is  probably time to move beyond the lockdown questions to embrace wider issues and questions.  Details will follow…

THE CLUB CONSTITUTION

People have asked me about the Constitution. The one rule the Club has is that the Constitution cannot be written down.  That gives me the problem of remembering it all. On the other hand it gives rise to a large degree of flexibility….

OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS

Just to say thank you to all those who have contributed to date.  The process of answering questions is harder, and takes more time, than you would think.

  1. Hilary Wetherell 

  1. Nigel Poole QC

  1. Lucy Mills

  1. Elizabeth Thomas

  1. Gill Edwards

  1. Jonathan Exall

  1. Simon (“Spike”) Mullings

  1. Andrew King

  1. Sue James 

  1. Paul Nicholls 

  1. Morayo Fagborun Bennett

  1. Anonymous District Judge (1) 

  1. Cenric Clement-Evans: Ein Haelod Cyntaf O Gymru 

  1. Anonymous District Judge (2): Exercising a “right of reply”

  1. Tim Phipps: A Short Trip Across The Humber 

  1. Shaylla Shabbir: The Pupil’s View

  1. Gordon Dalyell: Membership From North of the Border

  1. Cori McKeown: The Trainee Solicitor’s Tale

  1. Tim O’Connor: Barrister on the Cork Circuit 

  1. Snigdha Nag: The Law Lecturer’s View

  1. Donna Scully: From Dublin to Liverpool

  1. Paul Magrath: The Law Reporter’s Tale

  1. Sasha Beaumont-Hodges: The Law Student’s Tale

  1. Robert Males: The Managing Partner’s Tale

  1. Claire Green: The Cost Lawyer’s Tale (Or Two Tails In Fact)

  1. Gabor Covaks: The Mandolin Playing Solicitor’s Tale

  1. Daniel Herman (With Details of the Danny Turnbull Scholarship)

  1. David Withers

  1. Stephen Loxton: The Clerk’s Tale

  1. Our Final Founding Member Michael Williamson: “That Admirable Solicitor From Crewkerne”