Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Now and again we see a barrister who is at the top of his trade. Such do not come cheap, so they are usually instructed to act for Government departments or large companies. Less often they act for wealthy individuals.
Last year we were dealing with yet another Proceeds of Crime Act forfeiture hearing, when counsel for the people whose cash had been seized handed up photocopies of a few pages from the standard book on this fast-developing area of law. She handed up the sheets with the observation that they were copied from a book with which counsel for the Crown would be familiar. So they should be, as he is the book's author, a fact he acknowledged with a muttered: "A most excellent book sir: I commend it to you. It is available from good bookshops."

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