Friday, October 06, 2006

Where Have I Been?

Apologies to my loyal readers for the lack of posts recently but I have found that my time has been taken up racing all over the place with work, I have been left with little time to tap away at my keyboard to post messages on this blog.

Where have I been in the past two weeks then? I have made three trips to Ipswich Crown court to get a difficult rape trial off the ground. It is often good practice for solicitors who have conduct of serious cases to attend at the first day of a trial to ensure that any pre-trial issues such as disclosure, or last minute conferences between the Client and defence barrister, go smootly. I have been to two very long conferences with Clients and their barristers in London for impending trials. I have visited the Police Station on various occasions. I have been to various local Magistrates Courts defending the innocent and the needy. I am now in the position where I actually want to be in my office for a period of time to finish of administrative paperwork. Today I went off to my local Magistrates Court and dealt with four cases before lunch, I then went to my local prison and spent the afternoon taking instructions from two Clients. I then went directly from the prison to a Police Station and I got home about 9.00 pm.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

But Gavin, as with almost all solicitors who practice Criminal Law, you do it because you love it, don't you?

I know I do, despite the comparatively poor rates of pay, appalling hours and the uncertainty of call outs, not to mention the unsavoury clients and disapprobation from the Daily Mail's readership.

Sorry, why do I do it?

Smartie said...

>It is often good practice for solicitors who have conduct of serious cases to attend at the first day of a trial to ensure that any pre-trial issues such as disclosure, or last minute conferences between the Client and defence barrister, go smootly

Hmmm, I cracked a rape trial at a PTR which was held the day before the date of said trial at Basildon Crown the other week. No solicitor was there, and no solicitor returned fone calls from trial counsel and...basically i found it appalling given the seriousness of the charges.

Actually I am just using this space for venting as every day last week i've had crap instructions ;)

Gavin said...

Name and shame the firm Smartie.

Smartie said...

He he, now that would be highly unprofessional of moi ;) The next day same rubbishy firm instructed me for Enfield Mags and they didnt have the foggiest what client was charged with or why there was a hearing. Client livid in custody at crap solicitors. Figured it was a 2nd bail application. How could solicitors NOT know that!

Half of this job is about counselling.

Do you know anything about life as a CPS lawyer by any chance?

Gavin said...

Do you know anything about life as a CPS lawyer by any chance?

Not really, except that they moan just as much as solicitors and counsel.

Anonymous said...

Yes, why do you do it? It seems like all lows and no highs. What are the highs??

Notary Public Manchester said...

Yes, what are the highs?