Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Wish I Had Been There
I am grateful to Crime Line for pointing me to this fascinating transcript of a Divisional Court hearing before Sir John Thomas and Mr. Justice Globe. The hapless counsel (who was specifically assured that his own conduct was in no way subject to criticism) was briefed to present an application for judicial review on behalf of a client of a very well known specialist (and rich) motoring solicitor.
The remarks of Thomas LJ are scathing to say the least, and I was particularly interested because I have met His Lordship, and heard him in action (albeit in a large meeting rather than in court) when he carried out one of the most comprehensive demolition jobs I have ever seen on an unfortunate delegate who put forward an ill-thought out proposal. Reading between the lines of the transcript, I could feel his Lordship's rising incredulity at the arguments being put before him, and I truly felt for counsel who must, towards the end, have known how General Custer would have felt.
Sir John is a cheerful looking Welshman, with tufts of silver hair but the cheerfulness seems to have deserted him on this occasion.
The report is quite a long one, but I think it's well worth a read.