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10:22pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
Dealing with difficult people was the theme for a training course that I attended today. There was no role play, although the opportunity to be objectionable and cantankerous was clearly relished by many. Instead there was ample opportunity for interaction by the trainer and the participants who were all collaborative lawyers practising in the North East and who are always keen to hone their soft skills.
10:12pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013
10:04pm Wednesday 17th April 2013
As a 10 day period of apparent national mourning comes to a close, I thought now would be a prudent moment to ponder as to any influence Lady Thatcher may have had on my own work as a divorce lawyer. Whilst her own late husband was a divorcee, I honestly have no idea as to her views on the issue.
8:53pm Monday 1st April 2013
10:08pm Thursday 7th March 2013
As the case of Vicky Pryce showed today marital coercion, a little used defence available only to married women and dating back to 1925, may be of little assistance in repudiating a criminal charge. Indeed there have been many calls for it to be repealed and today’s verdict will have done little to justify its continuing existence.
10:19pm Thursday 28th February 2013
9:42pm Wednesday 27th February 2013
I am intrigued by reports today that there are plans afoot for a manned space mission to Mars in 2018. Even more so by the fact that and in order to represent humanity it is hoped that a middle-aged couple can be identified to share a 15 square metre capsule for the duration of the 500 day journey, accompanied by more than a tonne of dehydrated food and 28kg of toilet paper.
9:43pm Sunday 10th February 2013
All the current fuss about horsemeat takes me back to once upon a time when I acted for a client, let’s call him Mr Orson Cart. (I stress, of course, that any resemblance to anyone alive or dead of this name is totally coincidental.) Mr Cart was a polite and distinguished gentleman whose marriage had descended into a difficult period following the birth of a fourth child.
10:17pm Thursday 7th February 2013
The recent discovery of Richard III’s skeleton has already got conspiracy theorists and cynics whispering. Is it really feasible that DNA from reputed descendants can link rotting bones to a King killed in battle over 500 years ago?
10:15pm Sunday 3rd February 2013
When you meet a client for the first time and they tell you that they want a 7 letter outcome for a permanent separation, you suspect that they either love solving or alternatively compiling crosswords.
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough