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On the railroad with Felix QC

7 September 2007

It is the aspiration of members of the junior Bar to get away from the daily grind and the five o’clock feeling. This is the common practice of being given some enormous return from someone else the night before the trial, often accompanied by such dispiriting words from your clerk as: “The client’s a bit unhappy about the late switch, but I said you would do a Rolls-Royce job on it and that you would get there early sir, for a con in the cells before court.”

Then you look at the brief and see that you are in the Penrith Crown Court (very nice I am sure, mileage and distance travelled being equal), with numerous advices and skeleton arguments about disclosure that are all marked ‘draft’. After no sleep and a shatteringly early start you get there to find that the witnesses have not been warned, the trial is stood out, and you return home, sleeping on the train to wake up at five o’clock, just in time for another enormous return, this time in Penzance (lovely, bu...

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