“They’re... looking at ‘their’ 12 custody cases in the list (compared to my one) with seemingly unflappable assuredness. They’re smiling.

They all know what they’re talking about. They didn’t have to unpack all 27 items from their bag at security, because (a) they don’t have to carry a wig and gown come hell or high water ‘just in case’; and (b) they actually have the sense to have got a Fast-Track card. They’re drinking paper cup coffee and looking at ‘their’ 12 custody cases in the list (compared to my one) with seemingly unflappable assuredness. They’re smiling. Who are these creatures?

It was this first day in Thames Magistrates’ Court’s poky yet pleasant advocates’ room that I first met a duty solicitor. Most defendants don’t realise what they do – the NHS o...

Chaynee Hodgetts
Features and Opinion Editor & Barrister
Solicitors Journal & Libertas Chambers

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