William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

Secret E-Diary

Life is often tough at the top “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”– Ronald Reagan read more

Secret E-Diary

Not everything creepy happens at night... “Never make predictions, especially about the future” – Casey Stengel read more

Secret E-Diary

The power of speech is proved again “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L. P. Hartley: The Go-Between read more

Secret E-Diary

A night to remember? “Change and decay in all around I see” – Henry F. Lyte read more

Secret E-Diary

Health dominates the General Election “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” – Gore Vidal read more

Secret E-Diary

Cuts to the budget are having strange effects. When I started as a young pupil I had a kind pupil master who, on days when he was out, used to send me to court with other... read more

Secret E-Diary - January 2015

Preparation is not always simplification. Barristers do go on about prep... read more

Secret E-Diary - November 2014

The Criminal Bar is no country for young people. In the unlikely event that anyone else ever wished to chronicle my headship of Gutteridge Chambers, it might be noticed... read more

Secret E-Diary - October 2014

Eerie times in the courts. I try to get in all my sitting days as a Recorder of the Crown Court in one go if I can. I quite enjoy the daily routine with no annoying clients... read more

Secret E-Diary - September 2014

Holiday plans are spoiled by a dose of reality. August is traditionally a time for holidaying, resting, recharging the batteries and cogitating. However, there is always... read more