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Lawyer who warned trainees never to wear brown shoes with blue suits under fire

The ‘no brown in town’ adage has been the subject of scorn, sneers and scandal in City pubs for more than 100 years. Yet despite an increasing awareness of social mobility and social taboos, one top city law firm appears to have shunned such progress.

An unnamed partner has reportedly passed on some controversial sartorial advice to aspiring young lawyers.

Speaking at Thomson Reuters’ ‘Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law’ conference at London’s Hilton Tower Bridge hotel last week, the unnamed partner was reported to have told juniors: “Don’t wear brown shoes with a blue suit”.
The comments were first reported by Legal Cheek, quoting legal affairs journalist Catherine Baksi, who attended the event.

Ms Baksi tweeted that the partner, who worked at a top international law firm, was passing on advice to “unsuitably dressed trainees”.
Ms Baksi said that the comments were made within the context of helping people from non-traditional backgrounds who would not know “unspoken dress code rules” about blue suits and brown shoes.

“But then as other people quite rightly said,” Ms Baksi added, “it’s for the dress code law to change” and not the candidates.

The comments immediately sparked a backlash on social media, with lawyers saying that the comments were “a step too far”.
“This is silly,” Matthew Richardson, a family law barrister at Coram Chambers said, while another user wrote, “sounds like lack in sense or fashion; or quite possibly both. People should wear what they want. The partner should get out of others’ wardrobes, or just get out more. People see an expert for his/her expertise, not for their dress sense”.

Paras Gorasia, a barrister specialising in employment law at Doughty Street Chambers, said of the comments: “Not entirely sure that the fashion sense (or lack thereof) of potential trainees is a priority, it is clearly advisable to dress professionally but this level of prescription is probably a step too far.”
“This is silly,” Matthew Richardson, a family law barrister at Coram Chambers said, while another user wrote, “sounds like lack in sense or fashion; or quite possibly both. People should wear what they want. The partner should get out of others’ wardrobes, or just get out more. People see an expert for his/her expertise, not for their dress sense”.

Paras Gorasia, a barrister specialising in employment law at Doughty Street Chambers, said of the comments: “Not entirely sure that the fashion sense (or lack thereof) of potential trainees is a priority, it is clearly advisable to dress professionally but this level of prescription is probably a step too far.”

The Telegraph.

Lawyers are second most stressed professionals, research claims


Lawyers are the second most stressed professionals in the country, a survey of 1,000 British workers has found.

According to the findings, produced by insurance firm Protectivity, 63% of respondents active in the legal industry are reporting stress on a daily basis.

The most stressed age group was the 35-44 category, where 28% of respondents reported daily stress at work. Among 16-24 year-olds, stress levels were more linked to issues in their personal lives. Overall, women reported higher stress levels.

Cardiff was the most stressed city, followed by Edinburgh and Manchester. London was ranked 10th. Newcastle was the least stressed city, with 70% claiming they are only a little stressed or not stressed at all, followed by Bristol (66%).
The most stressed profession was Human Resources, with 79% reporting daily stress, while the least stressed were those working in manufacturing and utilities.

The survey coincides with the latest findings of the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division’s (JLD) annual resilience and wellbeing report.

Published this weekend, the JLD report reveals that one in 15 junior lawyers have experienced suicidal thoughts. Of more than 1,800 respondents, 48% said they had experienced mental ill-health in the last month, up from 38% last year. Some 93.5% of respondents said they experienced stress in their role. A quarter of those experienced ‘severe/extreme’ levels of stress.
The Law Society Gazette.

25 lawyers discontinue suit against Buhari, Ag CJN

Twenty-five lawyers have approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, asking it to terminate further hearing on suit challenging what they termed as illegal suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The plaintiffs, led by human rights activist, Mr Johnmary Jideobi, said they decided to discontinue the suit after they got information that Justice Onnoghen had succumbed to pressure and voluntarily tendered a resignation letter to the 1st defendant, President Buhari. They told the court that pursuing the legal action to its logical conclusion would amount to “crying more than the bereaved,” notwithstanding the fact that the matter was earlier fixed to be heard on May 23.

Culled from The Vanguard

It is fake news that Paul Usoro removed Ikorodu Chair-Lawyers already know but this is more

Since the National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting removed the embattled Chairman of Ikorodu branch,some fake news outlets and malicious lawyers who neither attended NEC meeting nor enquired about the circumstances leading to his removal have taken to the social media to discredit the President of the NBA.
The struggle many of them are experiencing trying to sell that information is evident in all their posts as the truth of the event keeps outshining their concortion of fabricated mendacity.

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Clooney appointed media freedom envoy


High profile Doughty Street Chambers barrister Amal Clooney is to head a UK government initiative to protect media freedom around the world. She will chair a panel of legal experts set up to challenge laws hindering journalists, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced. According to the government 2018 was the deadliest year ever for journalists, with 99 killed, 348 detained and 60 taken hostage by non-state groups.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the legal panel will examine legal and policy initiatives that states can adopt to improve media freedom including by:


A. Offering advice to governments who want to strengthen legal mechanisms to improve media freedom;
B. Supporting the repeal of outdated and draconian laws;
C. Encouraging and supporting governments to help ensure existing laws and international obligations are enforced;
D. Promoting best practice and model legislation to protect a vibrant free press.


Hunt said that Clooney’s work on human rights ‘means she is ideally placed to ensure this campaign has real impact for journalists and the free societies who depend on their work.She will use her expertise to chair a panel comprising the world’s best legal minds to develop and promote legal mechanisms to prevent and reverse media abuses.
Clooney said: ‘I welcome the UK government’s focus on this issue at a time when journalists are being killed and imprisoned at record levels all over the world and I look forward to working on new legal initiatives that can help to ensure a more effective international response.’The other members of the panel have not been named. All members will work pro bono, the announcement said.

The law Society Gazette.

Former NBA Lagos scribe, Adebola Lema to host members on Monday

The Former Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association,Lagos branch Mr Adebola Lema will sponsor the monthly meeting of the branch coming up on Monday

The monthly general meeting of the Branch will hold on Monday 8th April, 2019 by 2.30pm
at the Foyer of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, Lagos.

Mr Adebola Lema is the Managing Partner of Fountain Court Partners,a well known Lagos Law firm that has built competence in Insurance and Pension Law practice amongst other things.

He holds a law degree from the University of Benin and an LLM from the University of Lagos.

Mr Lema joins other prominent members of the Premier Bar who have been very generous in driving the meetings of the branch.

Row over costly wigs for Zimbabwe’s judiciary


Zimbabwe’s legal authorities have reportedly ordered thousands of dollars worth of judge and barrister’s wigs from a specialist shop in the UK. The wigs are made of horsehair and can cost anything from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Zimbabwe is going through tough economic times so maybe not surprisingly some Zimbabweans are saying this is an extravagance. Lloyd Msipa is a Zimbabwean lawyer and political commentator now based in London. He was previously a member of the opposition MDC.

Fake barrister pursuing ‘dream career’ jailed after working in chambers for months


A man ‘fixated’ on fulfilling his dream career as a barrister has been jailed after falsely securing a chambers role and working on cases despite not having legal qualifications.

Scott Willey worked at a chambers – today revealed to have been 4 Brick Court in London – for around eight months before his lies were uncovered.
According to City of London Police, Willey, 27, attended City Law School in London, but did not graduate and was never called to the bar. Despite this, he became intent on pursuing a career in law.
According to City of London Police, Willey, 27, attended City Law School in London, but did not graduate and was never called to the bar. Despite this, he became intent on pursuing a career in law.
Willey, without authority, accessed a colleague’s email account and stole a copy of a practising certificate, which he then edited to pass off as his own. He used the fraudulent practising certificate to obtain a legal aid account and informed the chambers he had qualified from the Bar Professional Training Course with a mark of ‘very competent’.

He also provided another colleague’s Bar Council membership number to ’maintain the appearance of being a barrister’ to the Bar Standards Board and to the chambers.

Willey joined the chambers at the start of October 2017 but it was not until June 2018 that his lies were eventually uncovered.

On Friday, 29 March, Willey was jailed for two years and three months at Inner London Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation, one count of making/supplying an article for the use in fraud, one count of falsely implying to be a barrister and one offence under the computer misuse act.
Detective Constable Gary Kearley, from the City of London Police, said: ‘Willey went to extraordinary lengths to cover up his lack of qualifications and fool a professional chambers of law into hiring him as a barrister. By doing this he abused many people’s trust including his clients who looked to him for professional and legally sound advice and help.’

4 Brick Court declined to comment this afternoon.

Culled from The Law Society Gazette.

NBA condemns the unlawful detention of Monday Ubani by EFCC-Demands immediate release

The attention of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN has been drawn to an order of Honorable Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal High Court wherein His Lordship, on March 26, 2019 granted an ex-parte motion filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to charge, Monday Ubani, a former 3rd Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and his co-applicant to court on or before Friday, 28/3/2019.

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