William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

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

SecretE-Diary - June 2011

The frustrations of being counsel for the defence  mount up as the case of R v Jason Grimble rumbles on...May 9, 2010: When the wine goes in, strange things come out - SchillerIn days gone by, losing... read more

SecretE-Diary - May 2011

Changes to the nature of pupillages lead to reminiscences of more colourful timesApril 9, 2011: “It’s a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought, that if you become a teacher, by your... read more

SecretE-Diary - April 2011

William Byfield, Gutteridge ChambersHard times spawn a yearning for the luxuries of yesteryears and an unexpected flirtation14 March 2011: Change and decay in all around I see: O thou who changest... read more


William Byfield, Gutteridge Chambers This is what we’ve come to ... no longer just having our fees cut to the bone, hitting the good and the bad alike, but being second-guessed by incompetents.14... read more

Secret E-Diary

William Byfield, Gutteridge ChambersTo hell with slashed fees, the BSB, higher taxes, HM Government, and my client in the Claude Allerick trial! In the frozen countryside, there lurks worse.... read more

William Byfield’s Secret E-Diary

30 April 2009: DIARY ATTACHMENT SUPPLEMENT/SALUTARY LESSONS/When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake (Book of Job). read more

William Byfield’s Seret E-Diary June 2010

16 May 2010: “Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs.” Lewis Carroll was called to the Bar in the late seventies. A year later I invited an old friend to afternoon tea in... read more

William Byfield’s Secret E-Diary January 2010

Let us hear the suspicions. I will look after the proofs” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Twelfth Night, 2010. I have been reading last year’s Diary entries. I think I was in danger of succumbing to... read more

William Byfield’s Secret E-Diary December 2009

21 December 2009: “Humor is reason gone mad” — Groucho Marx. I  have always tried to keep this diary cheerful. Who knows, my hard drive may be discovered in a time capsule 100 years hence. Given the... read more