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Tales from practice | Who knows where the time goes

From miscarriages of justice to goats on boats, Richard Barr 
takes a look back at his 22 years as our yokel solicitor in residence

13 September 2013

Just a little over 22 years ago, the then editor of Solicitors Journal Marie Staunton dropped me a line to suggest that I might write the occasional piece for SJ. Delighted to be asked to write something, I accepted with enthusiasm. The Journal then was almost unrecognisable from its present format - printed in black and white with the only colour being a splash of blue on the front cover. Over the years - through at least three changes of editor (and containing more than 400 articles from me) it has evolved to its bright new appearance.

Those 22 years have seen big changes not only in my life (divorce and remarriage, and five changes of firm) but also in the lives of those who chose the law in the vague expectation that it would be a worthwhile and remunerative career.

Back in the early 1990s, legal aid was under stress but it was still alive and well. One of my early articles described a visit from the inspectors when we applied for a personal ...

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