William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

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

Secret E-Diary - September 2013

We live in a world of the personality cult where urban rats being represented by thugs will rarely win the day. August 12, 2013: “It’s not whether you win or... read more

Secret E-Diary - August 2013

Allergic reactions to press releases from the Ministry of Justice July 12, 2013: “Life could be horrible in the wrong trouser of time.” Terry Pratchett Barristers possess... read more

Secret E-Diary - July 2013

A minute’s silence for the passing of the legal aid sytem June 10, 2013: “Nothing’s sacred to those devils.” Batman (Adam West)Short of bumping into the Four Horsemen of the... read more

Secret E-Diary - June 2013

Sadness that the dumbing down of the office of Lord Chancellor has inevitably led to a lack of protection for an independent legal profession May 6, 2013: “I won’t insult your intelligence by... read more