William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

SecretE-Diary - September 2012

A nightmare in the woods; and time to give the publicly funded legal profession a sporting chanceAugust 13, 2012: “The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon”Douglas William... read more

SecretE-Diary - August 2012

A wedding provides Chambers with a welcome distraction from current woesJuly 9, 2012: “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury”Groucho MarxThere is... read more

SecretE-Diary - July 2012

Reflections on whether the Bar’s days as an independent referral profession are over June 11, 2012: Where a man feels pain he lays his hand. Dutch ProverbA return to the Monsoon season... read more

SecretE-Diary - June 2012

An old hand’s guide to the Machiavellian machinations of chambers May 8, 2012: “…and there is no new thing under the sun” Ecclesiastes, Chapter 1, Verse 9.The impending collision of two of... read more

SecretE-Diary - May 2012

A yearning for the good old days when murder trials could be wrapped up in a fortnight and juries usually came to a verdict in a dayApril 15, 2012: “Did you like her?” “Did I like her?” “Yes, that is... read more

SecretE-Diary - April 2012

A look at the battle tactics and power struggles that have governed the reigns of Heads of Chambers since the beginning of time...March 11, 2012: “Whosoever desires constant success must change... read more

SecretE-Diary - March 2012

Regret at the loss of beauty, simplicity and mystery from language and the unstoppable spread of “lifeless modern civic terminology” St. Valentine’s Day, 2012: To assume is to presume” Jude Morgan,... read more

SecretE-Diary - February 2012

January 10, 2012: “I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.” - Mr Hardcastle in Oliver Goldsmith’s  She Stoops to Conquer.Anger that the Government is... read more

SecretE-Diary - January 2012

William Byfield, Gutteridge Chambers : A sad acknowledgement that although the problem of late payment is not a new one, this time round the effects are more acute than everDecember 1, 2011: “A man... read more

SecretE-Diary - December 2011

November 11, 2011 @ 11:02 “The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche.I can record truthfully that I never like staring at defendants in court. I remember a perfectly... read more