Sunday, 13 May 2007

Day One, Second Six

Tomorrow, Monday, is the first day of my 'second six'. Thie second six is the second six months of pupillage, when the pupil is (finally) allowed to take his or her own cases. I will be on The Master's professional indemnity insurance but it will be me doing the advocacy and I can at last accept instructions. I actually had to turn down one opportunity to do an opinion a couple of months ago, which was frustrating.

I will be said by other barristers to be 'on my feet', a term I accidentally used to my girlfriend. Understandably, she was less than excited, presumably thinking that I really had been spending an awful lot of time sitting down recently.

I have been in contact with a few solicitors that I know over the last few days. This was pretty embarrassing but I decided that they simply wouldn't know that I was available if I didn't tell them and that a direct reference to the fact that I was now looking for work was preferable to some beating around the bush.

I am happy to report that I now have booked into my diary:
  • one case to do in June (and a pre-hearing review before then) from a contact
  • a pre-hearing review return tomorrow morning
  • a straightforward ex parte High Court application tomorrow afternoon
I am particularly pleased/petrified about the last on this list. My first day on my feet and I'm off to the High Court. I don't even have a wig and gown yet, but as this is the Family Division that isn't a problem this time. I think it might be time to bite the bullet, though, and splash out on the gear.

I've been semi-briefed on this through The Master, who has introduced me to one of his key solicitors and seems to have suggested that I make the application rather than him. This is, obviously, quite generous of him. I say semi-briefed because it all depends whether I can get back from the other case in time. Anyone in chambers could do it. Or, at least, anyone this solicitor is willing to tolerate. She send a lot of work into chambers, but definitely has some favourites and some she has marked with the Black Spot. I have so far made a good impression and she's willing to let me do it.

I just hope I don't somehow screw it up.


Android said...

Good luck! :)

Nearly Legal said...

Bon Chance.

I'm impressed with the High Court first day. It augurs well.

Anonymous said...

Good luck for tomorrow! So glad your still blogging

The Chief said...

All the best for tomorrow, be sure to let us all know how you get on.

ps. Thanks for your comments, they're all good points and I shall act on them as soon as I get in gear.

Barrister 2 B said...

good luck

Legal Beagle said...

Hope you got through your first day unscathed!

Josephine Bloggs said...

This is so exciting :) Can't wait to hear all about it!