William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

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

William Byfield’s Secret E-Diary November 2009

All Souls’ Day, 2009: “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business ...” (Ecclesiastes 5:3) The day began with that dream. I was arriving at the Bailey. The fact it was a bronze gothic castle... read more

William Byfield’s Secret E-Diary October 2009

16 October 2009: “One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” — Bertrand Russell I have become very concerned about swine flu or... read more

William Byfield’s Secret E-Diary September 2009

16 September 2009: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Henrietta, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”—Hamlet, Act I (adapted). What is it about the Bar? You only have to see someone, or... read more