William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

Secret E-Diary - July 2014

There comes a time when each person must decide where loyalties lie. “No doubt he will pursue the case with the added bitterness of an old friend.” Oscar Wilde of Edward... read more

Secret E-Diary - June 2014

It has always been my belief that victory is harder to manage than defeat. When human minds are focused on crisis, it may bring out the best outcome possible. Victory, however, is another... read more

Secret E-Diary - May 2014

As a child I was given a short book written by the late Mr Justice Darling – a man who was known for his judicial wit, although his Spy pen-portrait bore the unkind legend “Judicial... read more

Secret E-Diary - April 2014

Battle lines are drawn My party political allegiances remained pretty constant until the day I found myself driving behind a car that had a sticker on its rear windscreen... read more

Secret E-Diary - March 2013

The Calm Before The Storm Despite initial skirmishes, the phoney war between the publicly funded Bar and the Ministry of “Justice” continues while we wait for the real... read more

Secret E–Diary – February 2014

A strike or not a strike? That is the question. Everybody has returned from the seasonal festivities absent the traditional good cheer. The clerks have “accidentally”... read more

Secret E–Diary – January 2014

Expect the Unexpected  One of the great joys of my life is returning home after a hard day’s gossiping in Chambers: shoes off, feet on the stool and a stiff gin and... read more

Secret E-Diary - December 2013

Dreams of an international legal career are shattered November 5, 2013: “Treason doth never prosper. What’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it ‘treason’” –... read more

Secret E-Diary - November 2013

After life on the circuit and (not far) beyond, la dolce vita beckons October 11, 2013: “All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome” –... read more

Secret E-Diary - October 2013

New Year in the Autumn, and the law of unintended consequences September 15, 2013: “To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.” –... read more