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The real gift of 2020

My coach took me through an exercise last month in which he asked me to write down a memory for every year of my life. The first interesting observation that cropped up was that the supposedly best years of my career, the nineties ,ended up blank. These were my years at the Bar and conference speaking, the ones which set me up for the judiciary…

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Are your warning lights on?

The electric warning systems on my car have gone a bit bonkers. The parking sensors beep even when there is nothing but dust motes within two feet of the bumper. Random messages pop up telling me that my tyres have dangerously low pressure. At first I kept getting out of the car to check for unseen two year olds or wounded pheasants on the road….

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Extended court opening hours – the threat and the power of choice.

The statement in my inbox held no punches. The woman who wrote it told me she was ‘struggling’, that her ‘mental health was spiralling out of control’ that she ‘lived a daily nightmare’. As a Family Law practitioner, I am sadly used to tales like this.  What I am not used to is these stories not being about the clients of lawyers but about the barristers…

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Beware the false career peak

My Dad is a fell walker. On childhood holidays in the Lake District he used to make me join him. We would slog up steep mountain crags, him revelling in the view, me trailing behind, looking at my feet and moaning. I was a reader. I wanted to be at the bottom in a deckchair with a good book.  To encourage me he would always…

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