William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

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

Secret E-Diary - May 2013

Prospective jury members had better make their excuses good if they want to wriggle out of performing their time-honoured duty April 8, 2013: Jury: A group of 12 people, who,... read more

Secret E-Diary - April 2013

A change in trial judge and an uncomfortable truth March 7, 2013: “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” - Albert Camus This last month may have had its... read more