After a quiet week at the coalface, suddenly it’s London buses time, so much to tell you, so little space!
First off, and as previously trawled in earlier articles, Frances Gibb, the esteemed editor of Times Law, seems to be firmly back in the saddle again. And as icing on the cake, she’s actually made it onto Page 8 in today’s edition. Fame at last!
That said, her article is a bit ‘old hat.’ Not her fault, but she reports that the Lord Chief Justice, who when elevated to the peerage, chose one of the silliest nomenclatures ever entered in the Book of Heraldry, and straight from the pages of Brideshead Revisited, viz Lord Worth Matravers, has been beating the same sentencing drum featured in one of my earlier articles, and not a word of thanks do I get! Anyway, read the article for yourself, and tell me if he’s breaking new ground. The sad reality is that nobody in a position to do something about it is listening, and if these words of wisdom from Matravers are falling on deaf ears, what hope for the rest of us?
Next, I would be failing in my duty if I didn’t draw your attention to the recent decision of the Court of Appeal that English courts should construe contracts of insurance and reinsurance to give effect to the intention of the parties to cover environment damage, unless there were clear indications to the contrary, which is good news indeed! zzzzzzzz!!
Finally, I note a link at the end of FG’s article to timesonline.co.uk/law entitled “Read about the strangest cases known to law.” So I went online, and sad to report, I found absolutely nothing. Worse still for the fragrant FG, absolutely nothing about her! Law is not even mentioned under the list of editorial contacts, and when I searched her name, I got an error message.
But to spare you the same fruitless search, and if it’s strange you want, here’s a short quiz:
Who was the barrister who made legal history when he delivered his final speech to the jury entirely in verse?
Who was the barrister who called an Amazonian Blue Parrot from the grave to give evidence in a case of wanton pollycide? Let me give you a clue. Buy your copy of Toby Potts in the Temple of Gloom from Amazon.co.uk and turn to Chapter Five.