Monday, March 28, 2011

Nice review of 'Law and Disorder' audiobook

Nice review of the audiobook of the audiobook of Law and Disorder at the blog DietJustice. It says:

"I was browsing yesterday, and came across Law & Disorder, by Tim Kevan, a fictional account of a pupil barrister. I was a bit sceptical...i expected it to be an amateur attempt at putting a comedy twist on a usually very dry topic. I was wrong, and pleasantly was surprised! The author begins by introducing the reader/listener to the cast. None of the cast are addressed by name, but are given a name that described their role or personality. For example; Head of Chambers, Baby Barrister, High Maintenance and Worrier. The characters are developed throughout the book, and get themselves into various degrees of mischief and trouble. Its a really easy listen/read, and i suspect it gives a pretty good insight into the challenges a pupil barrister will face."

The audiobook is available here and the book itself is available at

Saturday, March 26, 2011

CPD Webinars – CPD made simple

As well as writing this blog, I also run a company called CPD Webinars which provides online video training in personal injury and employment law. We are now celebrating our fourth year and have decided to make available all our back content for FREE to all subscribers. This means that for £795+VAT a whole office can receive access to 60 CPD hours by some of the country's leading lawyers. For more information click here. To receive a FREE webinar which will give two CPD hours, click here.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much... 

The book can be found here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A new type of legal dictionary

For all those intellectual property buffs, heads-up for a new dictionary on the topic by solicitor and author Peter Groves which you can buy on amazon here.. Two reviews suggest that this is an entertaining legal dictionary with a difference:

'The IP lawyer's answer to Samuel Johnson' (Melorie Chilton, media lawyer).

‘Do not be put off by the word “dictionary”. This is a fascinating, witty and erudite little volume, packed with interesting and useful information on the whole gamut of intellectual property. It leaves one (this one anyway) hungering for more and wanting to delve more deeply into fields that have nothing to do with earning one’s daily bread.’– Tony McStea, Senior Patent Attorney, Global Patents, Givaudan Schweiz AG

Tiki International unveil new Carbon Bamboo composite surfboard technology

Following five years of research and devlopment, Braunton-based Tiki International have unveiled the first production models in their new cutting edge Carbon Bamboo composite technology. Dubbed the Feather Foil due to it’s extraordinary strength to weight ratio, the technology has been implemented in 3 new shapes created by world renowned shaper Bruce McKee. Tiki International have been making surfboards for over 45 years. This new development reinforces their reputation as a leader in the international surfboard industry. Information on this ground breaking product will be made available via our website:

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Book recommendation: 'Anonymous Lawyer' by Jeremy Blachman

He’s a hiring partner at one of the world’s largest law firms. Brilliant yet ruthless, he has little patience for associates who leave the office before midnight or steal candy from the bowl on his secretary’s desk. He hates holidays and paralegals. And he’s just started a blog to tell the world about what life is really like at the top of his profession. Meet Anonymous Lawyer – corner office, granite desk, and a billable rate of $675 an hour. The summer is about to start, and he’s got a new crop of law school interns who will soon sign away their lives for a six-figure salary at the firm. But he’s also got a few problems that require his attention. There’s The Jerk, his bitter rival at the firm, who is determined to do whatever it takes to beat him out for the chairman’s job. There’s Anonymous Wife, who is spending his money as fast as he can make it. And there’s that secret blog he’s writing, which is a perverse bit of fun until he gets an e-mail from someone inside the firm who knows he’s its author. Anonymous Lawyer is an entertaining satire of the compromises and back-biting of corporate life by Jeremy Blachman and is available on amazon.

Tim Kevan is the author of the BabyBarista series of novels published by Bloomsbury. Law and Disorder was described by The Times as 'a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary'. The sequel Law and Peace is due out in May and can be pre-ordered on amazon.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book recommendation: 'Good Bad Woman' by Elizabeth Woodcraft

Frankie Richmond's career as a barrister specializing in family law, is going nowhere - she always seems to get tied up in important but low key cases, usually as favours for her motley bunch of radical friends. But a routine appearance at a magistrate's court to defend an old acquaintance against a drunk and disorderly charge unexpectedly catapults her into a nightmare world in which she ends up being arrested - for murder. No favourite of the police - who are happy to see her go down - in order to prove her innocence she must solve the case when all she really wants to do is advance her professional life, sort out her mercurial friendships and meet the woman of her dreams. She soon discovers that these goals are not mutually exclusive, and that to save herself she must uncover some unsavoury truths about those closest to her. Good Bad Woman by barrister and author Elizabeth Woodcraft provides a very cool, modern take on life at the bar and definitely had me reaching for the sequel.

Tim Kevan is the author of the BabyBarista series of novels published by Bloomsbury. Law and Disorder was described by The Times as 'a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary'. The sequel Law and Peace is due out in May and can be pre-ordered on amazon.