William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

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

SecretE-Diary - November 2011

An enthusiastic return to the Temple and to Chambers as the summer fades away and autumn begins to fall  October 10, 2011: “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” ~William... read more

SecretE-Diary - October 2011

A sortie into the outside world leads to questions about how to adapt to modern times  September 10, 2011:  “Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get”- George Bernard... read more

SecretE-Diary - September 2011

Summertime - and the living is no longer quite so easy in the Temple during August.August 3, 2011: “In summer, the song sings itself.” -William Carlos Williams.Publicly funded barristers nowadays... read more

SecretE-Diary - August 2011

R v Grimble is not what it seems and phone hacking strikes close to homeJuly 11, 2011: “When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.” -Otto von Bismarck.My belief that Jason Grimble, the vapid... read more

SecretE-Diary - July 2011

The arduous process of giving a modern reference compares poorly with “days gone by”June 14, 2011: Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction - Aristotle Chambers is... read more