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English Barrister, Advocacy Trainer, Children Law, International Law, Court of Protection, Judicial Review, Public speaking, @1GCFamilyLaw Family Law Chambers

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A nine-year-old describing her school trip to the Houses of Parliament this week. “We didn’t get to go in the House… https://t.co/FOxcweBQkU @FamilyLawBar For how long? A spell? @Zadsy Precisely. As my pupilmaster told me on 9 November 1998, “We are all human rights lawyers now.”Bridget Jones was, perhaps, entitled to refer to her boyfriend as one, but other than in that particular context, I… https://t.co/4uwmiKaFlg @martinmcgann83 You might have referred the Judge to Bushel’s Case (1670) 124 E.R. 1006, which is about locking up… https://t.co/1NDixdOGbq
10/18
2019
Old authority (albeit dicta and from a Circuit Judge) for the proposition that if dissent or disagreement with the… https://t.co/ny11TCm5RD @DamianAStuart @jk_rowling Quite so. And the Wizenmagot does not have jurisdiction in any event ...I received a thank you card from my ten-year-old godson. It was grammatical, spelt and punctuated correctly, precis… https://t.co/NarJ4dXvXz
10/17
2019
During a debate in court about whether to make public law orders in relation to a seventeen year old, a judge point… https://t.co/7vxnZ4Vw0M
10/16
2019
If I choose to sit in the quiet coach of a train, it is ironic that the unnecessary noise comes not from anti-socia… https://t.co/6eT5toa7tNI dare say; but I doubt that Her Royal Highness was “required” on her arrival at this once fine hotel to produce id… https://t.co/9sjYQf0Nlp
10/15
2019
@louisetickle @Chris_Compass https://t.co/FKYiOatSvO @clippyissweet When used in that context (eg “We will have to resolve matters through the courts”) then ok. But oft… https://t.co/wF5jbBc5mTWondering about frequent incorrect references to “the courts” plural (as in “I was ordered by the courts”). Can be… https://t.co/kvjP30FKmR
10/14
2019
@poleocolina Ouch.Whenever I hear the words "Oxenholme Lake District" they make me want to stay on the train and go further north than I am going.
Retweeted by Julien FosterThe meal deal offer said any sandwich, any snack and any drink for just £4. So I took my chicken sandwich, my bag o… https://t.co/WIGg6b3psA
10/10
2019
Despite Google saying so, despite the President of the Family Division saying so, I doubt that “injunct” is a verb.… https://t.co/mq0hUIrGBL
10/9
2019
@ScownTeam @RhysTaylor32 @ED_Barrister @GregW_Barrister @familybrief @mhbarrister @DuncanM_S @AndrzejBojarski https://t.co/xeNKedvlAd @JamesTurner37 @chrisdaleoxford And a Writ ne exeat regno. You can sing that to our Chambers-telephone-on-hold tune with ease. @JamesTurner37 @chrisdaleoxford And the old forms of Writs of Summons (“Elizabeth by the Grace of God Etc”). I hear… https://t.co/8BVJgzan6fOh dear oh dear. https://t.co/qto70e8TYA
10/8
2019
“Stop cross-examining me like a bloody lawyer. I’m not one of your witnesses in court.” “No - if you were, I’d be examining you in chief.”
10/7
2019
This evening, I was asked by a six-year-old: “Will Brexit stop Halloween?”Too many parts of orders outside court’s powers. Courts hear (evidence and submissions), read, receive undertakings… https://t.co/VBUled27b6 @Familoo And when you read it as a lawyer, astonishingly balanced.
10/4
2019
On the ten pound note, there is a hologram which changes depending on which way you view it. The word looks like te… https://t.co/wyy3Aq0Ial
10/3
2019
Maybe it is the red costume or the eye rolling but I find myself speculating on which High Court Judge... https://t.co/W4EHs7K2h3Billable Hour Cookbook 2019 - How to get involved. Lawyers (current, former and students) we need your help to cre… https://t.co/0zuaKGWYbJ
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10/2
2019
Was due to meet somebody in Venn Street. Should I have asked them to draw me a diagram?
10/1
2019
"Dress code: cocktail dresses and lounge suites [sic]". Has anyone any suggestions as to how I might be mischievous?I once felt like telling a ticket inspector that due to ambiguity in the rules, no one could be convicted for havin… https://t.co/LfGY24A1EW
9/30
2019
At my cousin’s wedding. The Bride was fifteen minutes late. Someone next to me said “Bride’s prerogative”. I said:… https://t.co/e2sRjB5Oqg @_C_J_Lee_ @MarkEMonaghan @attorneygeneral @UKSupremeCourt Indeed: therein lies the slur on the integrity of the judges.I find this recent quotation from a Japanese legal journal striking. “To effect such delivery, the court enforcemen… https://t.co/PwwxFQBxCc
9/27
2019
Geoffrey Cox @attorneygeneral said “Far be it from me to fathom the inscrutable minds of their lordships in the… https://t.co/ytc4JZDMNvAdmirable though Emma Thompson is, I find it irritating that whenever I perform a @google search for Children Act,… https://t.co/dhiot9LQab
9/26
2019
The lower reaches of Middle Temple yesterday. Has any organ of the media yet drawn attention to Genesis Chapter 6? https://t.co/Y5TFCKrQTnI see that @Familoo has been gathering thoughts about advice to new practitioners. How to explain what “dressing th… https://t.co/80nRaKFBV9
9/25
2019
I have only ever had one appearance before Baroness Hale in my career when she was Hale J. I told her, “with respec… https://t.co/mkFjaavZrnSo how do they teach constitutional law these days, I am wondering? Textbooks seem out.The classic distillation of the case against President Nixon applies with equal force in politics today. “What did… https://t.co/jHUGRS15ea
9/24
2019
Overheard in the waiting room. A litigant in person. "Well I don't know what sort of judge we're supposed to be in… https://t.co/lOWd7SIdegI just said “innit” and have been told, primly, by a nine-year-old, that my voice does not suit that style of language.
9/23
2019
Wondering whether this man who wanted a @McDonalds burger and ended up with a personalised number plate should have… https://t.co/B21wKBZjsE
Retweeted by Julien FosterReading some conversations on @Twitter, I fear that I learn little other than some new terms of abuse I had not hea… https://t.co/JtgZGTp7IZ
9/22
2019
”If you see me walking down the street And I start to cry each time we meet... @_DionneWarwick, take it away! https://t.co/HFmulJeqeH
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9/21
2019
@JamesTurner37 @JoButterfly888 @Kirkabout @crispandmelting Quail singular and plural; like Queen’s Counsel?I am not a Welsh-speaker, but am told that the Welsh part reads: "I am currently out of the office. Please submit a… https://t.co/vA3MTmazaHWell they do say that flattery will get you everywhere... @1GCFamilyLaw https://t.co/N3LGSdiFNOIf you have more than one egg, but have no idea whether more than one bird was responsible for laying the eggs, wou… https://t.co/KHzBD14R5k
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9/20
2019
Simple question but I do not think there is an easy answer. Is there a test for whether a court should entertain an… https://t.co/gpqlZRWQOS
9/18
2019
Lord Reed said in a case about court fees: "It may be helpful to begin by explaining briefly the importance of the… https://t.co/kRqkLi2NST
9/17
2019
Whenever a business representative says “We’re going round in circles”, then is the time to say “Please would you answer the question.”
9/16
2019
@Thehillfarmer Their power in such a case?If the months happened alphabetically: April, August, December, February, January, July, June, March, May, November… https://t.co/tjJMAjyUsL
9/15
2019
The carriage lights are off as we enter a tunnel and everyone's face turns ghostly white, lit from underneath by the light of a screen.
9/14
2019
Why do Notices of Hearing STILL say “About the Directions Appointment”, when it hardly ever is a directions appoint… https://t.co/X2CnrR3eGT
9/13
2019
@RabbitRough Or even that they are mutually exclusive. @RabbitRough I am not convinced that the two require different priorities.I accused someone of procrastinating this morning. I was asked, what does procrastinating mean? I said: asking abou… https://t.co/iV1hQWYRBV
9/12
2019
@JasikJas I did!A solicitor came up to me and mistook me for a certain member of Her Majesty’s counsel. I was not sure whether to s… https://t.co/wuYOBXiDyz
9/11
2019
@A1annaWalsh @middletemple Thank you Anna!Someone with a possibly old-fashioned view of how the bar works asked if I still used vellum. I told her that I use… https://t.co/w5LFrTIZIS
9/10
2019
@sglaisteryoung Thank you! @fjjcas Precisely. I am hoping it will be revisited. It is not just a question of the technology being improved; mu… https://t.co/2UZU4TiPhHIt exasperates me that lengthy case management orders are still being used; the “short order” forms should be used,… https://t.co/yYdRD2LgJC
9/9
2019
@My_Mole_ Not all, I must confess. But many. One that fascinated me was His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act… https://t.co/RI2eMhcbvpOne of the (compulsory) courses I did was constitutional and administrative law. I learned about the rule of law an… https://t.co/UbDtnigpXg @BarristerSecret It is also incorrectly cited: see section 36 of the Act.
9/8
2019
@janetbettle Really kind. Thank you.
9/6
2019
HMCTS: Extend the digital access scheme to Solicitors https://t.co/9cOhhoM7m2 via @UKChange @AdamSButler65 Ah but I make it clear: I knew what a Philips screwdriver was. I have learned many new synonyms for… https://t.co/DzEeqps858 @Farnazkhan1234 @JoButterfly888 I think there are more sensible names like cross-headed but it has an extra syllable! @JonathanLynn10 I had never heard of that name but I did know what a Philips screwdriver was! Thank you for adding to my store of knowledge. @brigidsmyth Now I like that name. @sallype48684387 As do I. @AdamSButler65 Another new one to me! @timonhd As Simon and Garfunkel said, I’d rather be a hammer than a nail”. Perhaps it should be rewritten to “I’d r… https://t.co/Is4GbhV3vXI make it very clear in response to some of the suggestions: the person who asked me knew perfectly well what it wa… https://t.co/JBUYWRcQNe @cruelladecooke I make it very clear: the person who asked me knew perfectly well what it was but didn’t know whether I did. @Kirkabout Brilliant! Or @PhilippaBBC? @Farnazkhan1234 Some of the ones in this thread are new to me! @JoButterfly888 Interesting analogy. @tealovinglawyer Of course! Says he. @cruelladecooke The first is a new one on me. @IdRatherRetire It is indeed!Someone close to me said: “It needs a Philips screwdriver. Do you know what that is?”
9/5
2019
Imposter Syndrome alive and well at the bar too...speaking for myself, anyway. https://t.co/XWc37BfCD8
9/4
2019
Is there a long German word meaning taking-out-your-mobile-phone-to-do-something-then-finding-and-dealing-with-so-m… https://t.co/w4dCLB7yGQ
9/3
2019
So what was their precise involvement? Did they receive adequate training? Were they provided with suitable safety… https://t.co/GwXZ4DPZJU
9/2
2019
Is there any more unpronounceable initialism than FHDRA?
8/30
2019
I cited the wrong publication in my original Tweet. Apologies to @TheICLR and may your volumes grow ever longer! https://t.co/aPgpuAasuB @TheICLR Ouch. It was indeed. Forgive me, please, for my failure to give appropriate credit to your excellent publication.I recall a Queen’s Counsel cartoon. Silk on beach on deckchair disconsolately rejecting classic and trashy novels a… https://t.co/RtLHSElvJ7
8/29
2019
Sitting at home and looking at an index to a court bundle, I muttered to myself “B30 to B36.” Someone close to me a… https://t.co/lZGNFjFGhk
8/28
2019
@Cornerflag4 And we would be duty bound to give that advice. But if it is not accepted, we are equally duty bound to continue.My pupilmaster taught me that the answer to THAT QUESTION (we have all been asked it in so many ways) is “It’s much… https://t.co/TQNMZTihDv
8/27
2019
“This Service is standard class throughout.” What, pray, was the point of that announcement? @SW_Railway @SW_Help
8/23
2019

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