THE SIXTH LEGAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONTEST: 2021 – WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE SECRET BARRISTER: BECOME A LYRIC WRITER AND GET A PRIZE SIGNED BY THE SECRET BARRISTER: SUPPORTING FOOD BANKS

The Legal Christmas Music contest is back, for the sixth 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.

All the entries to date can be found below.

The Shooting Start Prize (judge and mandolin not included)

THE PRIZE

The winner gets a wonderful (but plastic) “shooting star” award, which will be personally signed and dedicated by the Secret Barrister.  If possible we will get the winning entry recorded. You can hear the winner from last year on YouTube here.

THE CONTEST: LAWYERS, LOCKDOWN, 2020 AND CHRISTMAS

This year it is more challenging.  Taking any traditional Christmas Carol or  traditional song and adapt -or re-write- two verses (and only two verses) that are relevant to lawyers or litigators, particularly drawing over the previous 12 months.   Special bonus points will be given to those who incorporate the “spirit” of 2021 into the verses.

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 #Lexmas20  hashtag (if you copy me in at @CivLitTweet 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 prize).

THE CLOSING DATE (AND TIME): 10th DECEMBER 2021

The closing date is 4.00 pm on the 10th December 2021. Note the early closing date.  This is to ensure that the winner gets the prize before 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 always 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 , judicial review applications,  lengthy bundles, etc.

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 the winner of a wonderful (but plastic) shooting star award.

DONATING TO A FOOD BANK

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

THE ENTRIES

From HHJ Grinch…

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Verse 1

Raab rest ye merry, advocates,

Let nothing you dismay

Except you’re doing lots of work

For very little pay

And CVP is down again

And Clickshare just won’t play

O listings of mention and fix, mention and fix

O listings of mention and fix

 

Verse 2

HMP Slade’s in lockdown so

No conference can be set

The robing room’s unsafe to use

You’re heavily in debt

Your brief fee pays for half the sandwich

That you bought in Pret

O listings of mention and fix, mention and fix

O listings of mention and fix

Verses 3 onwards

(Awaiting further disclosure from the CPS, apologies for the delay)

 

A SECOND ENTRY

Brick, Business, Creative, Decoration, Desk, Desktop

 

(to the tune of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”)

CVP for the hearing, signal strength disappearing,

My brief came in late, my skelly’s not great –

Waiting for the conference host to join.

“You’re on mute, I can’t hear you. Camera’s off – I can’t see you!”

My client has gone, she can’t log back on,

Waiting for the conference host to join.

Now I’ve lost the supplementary bundle –

I know I had an email yesterday –

The pagination’s wrong, it’s quite a bungle,

I don’t what the judge is going to say!

 

CVP saves on train fares, but it’s giving me grey hairs,

My hearing is due but I can’t get through,

Waiting for the conference host to join….

 

FROM IAN RICHARDSON

Sir Paul Mccartney, Concert

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FROM SIOBHAN RYAN

Characters, Dolls

SILENT NIGHT

 

 

Silent Night, Holy Fright
Case back log, Such a blight

Courts not in sight for miles and far
Lucky getting a brief any more

Sleep in HMP Hell
Sleep in HMP Hell

……….

Silent Night, Holy Fright
Lawyers quake, Money’s tight

Judges, Jury, Lawyer and Client
Dominic Raab is a fool pliant

Spiel and MOJ lies
Spiel and MOJ Lies

𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕@sglaisteryoung

verse 1:

o come, o come, the conference host,

and render access to us all,

who wait in lonely exile here,

until the judge’s face appears.

no voice! no voice!

you’re muted still.

shall c-v-p defeat us all?

verse 2:

how come, i’ve got page sixty-three?
thine own? an e-conspiracy!
one says “oh hell, repaginate”,
the rest are quick to cry ”o’er our graves!”
one voice! one voice! please mute until
we come to thee, on the conf’rence call.

The Masked Sanitisers (Carpenters Group)

Away in a Law Firm

Christmas Kids, Cookies And Milk

Away in a Law Firm
Most are working at home
We don’t really love that
We feel all alone
The helpline is busy
Another neighbour dispute
Pandemic pups barking
They are no longer cute

The door bell is ringing
Its Amazon for me
Ill open that later
I have a teams call at 3
My colleagues look scary
Their hair has grown long
Still in their PJs
Ive told them that’s wrong

Now back to the office
With the two meter rule
I am wearing a face mask
Because I am no fool
Its business as usual
Seeing clients on line
Court hearings remotely
It will all be fine

Christmas party is cancelled
Because Boris said No
A new variant has stopped us
That’s now two in a row.
We will all get through this
Just live for today
Have a few double vodkas
And go asleep on the hay.

Pankaj Pathak

 

While waiting for my MeetMe Call
I started to worry
I checked the notice of hearing
And saw twas CVP…

Fear not, I thought, and found the link
And jumped out of my bed
But saw my own face on the screen
Fake antlers on my head….

FROM MANLEYS

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Manleys Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

Kiss and tells

Meghan wins the day

Oh what fun it is to be

A media lawyer today – hey!

Jingle Bells

Scandal sells

Privacy betrayed

Oh what fun it is to be

A media lawyer today!

Dashing off to Court

An injunction from Nicklin J

Abramovich wins his claim

Mike Ashley has his day

Wagatha rumbles on

But Johnny lost his trial

Oh What fun it is was to see Amber win in style!

From @bramptonmel

The DCJ’s Lament (to the tune of White Christmas)

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I’m dreaming of pre-Covid Christmas

Just like the ones we used to know

Waiting rooms were heaving

With Counsel pleading

To let their case be next to go

I’m dreaming of pre-Covid Christmas

With every blessed CVP

May the backlog start to decrease

And may all your small claims settle please