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Dining With Judges

An item on the radio today about imagined dinner party guests prompted a memory of the one time my selection mattered. Oh well… I made a momentous decision in 1976 – apart from asking the Textiliste for a date, that … Continue reading

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The Nerdy One

For those who don’t know the UK, our built environment is controlled by a set of planning laws. These started in the 1930s as rules to control advertising but by 1948 they impacted all buildings, new and old, as well … Continue reading

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The University Years: Learning How To Learn #bristoluniversity #1975

It is 1975 and I’ve left my sleepy New Forest home for the bright lights and persistent rain that was Bristol University to study law and life. I had a lot to learn. My first year degree subjects comprised the … Continue reading

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The University Years: Crime And Misdemeanours #university #1975

Back in 1975 I started a law degree at Bristol University. It was a life changing experience for me and many aspects are seared into my memory. Today, I’m starting my courses and while I’ve relied solely on memory for … Continue reading

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The University Years: Chumming Up And Deceptive Appearances #1975 #bristoluniversity #lawdegree

I began my law degree at Bristol University in October 1975, determined to reinvent myself, meet interesting new people and learn about the law. None of it proved as easy as I’d hoped… Having failed to make an impression with … Continue reading

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Piercing The Gloom

In these days when we have time on our hands I found myself doing something that, frankly, seems to have gone out of fashion, if my experiences of zoom are anything to go by. I was online with a group … Continue reading

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It Shouldn’t Happen To A Lawyer: Knitting And The Danger Of Flying Low

Most of my working life was spent in and around London. However, the projects I worked on were nationwide, from shopping centres in Chester and Barnstaple to retail parades in Cambridge and Brighton, Offices in Poole and Manchester and industrial … Continue reading

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The London Olympics – My Part In Its Downfall: Part One

6th July 2005. Overcast, a bit sticky. I’m lawyer in London. A partner in an international law firm. I’m head of Global Real Estate. I have the official VIH (or CDI in French – the Very Important Hat or Chapeau … Continue reading

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It Shouldn’t Happen But It Did: The Dog And The Strip Light

I spent the first two years of my legal career in a small firm dealing with mostly domestic matters: property buying and selling, wills and probates and domestic disputes, including divorces. One case involved a family restaurant where the son … Continue reading

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It Shouldn’t Happen… But It Did: The Folder and the Delivery Van #lawyerlytales

I spent a career in the law, trying to convince myself that I was competent, then skilled and then, when finally I was offered a partnership, worthy of such promotion. Imposter Syndrome they call it and I had it, indeed … Continue reading

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