The retiring Philip Selth ... Living underground for 19 years ... Long haul boss of the NSW bar bows out to write biographies and history ... Former bureaucrat who knows where a lot of bodies are buried ... He's fidgety but has succumbed to the couch
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On The Couch with Professor David Lemmings ... Exploring the life and times of the English bar in the eighteenth century ... He has also studied the early role of the press in reporting criminal trials and the part it played in forming public opinion about justice and the courts
Talk about disruption ... Council of Law Reporting sends divorce papers to LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for publication in Australia, Canada, NZ and USA ... The old law publishing world coming apart ... End of the oligopoly in sight
In his heyday, Tom Hughes QC had a flourishing defamation practice ... Big publishers and broadcasters ... Celebrities and sportsmen ... Trips to the Privy Council ... All attended by Hughes' trademark flourishes, piercing glares and withering cross-examination ... Ian Hancock in his biography of the great brief delves into Hughes' personal diary for some up close comments on cases, clients, judges and other barristers ... Defamatorium
Choice cuts from Ian Hancock's biography of Tom Hughes, A Cab on the Rank ... A painful move from 11 Selborne ... Skyrocketing fees ... Great cases ... Lionel Murphy - "not an easy client" ... Diary observations of judges, barristers and bar etiquette
Mary Walker v NSW Bar Association ... NSW bar silk selection - where Franz Kafka meets Harold Pinter ... Debriefing conversations ... Protocol perils ... Popularity contests ... Bar council's struggle to get to grips with policy decisions
Screwball High Court judge in England threatens barristers over silk appointments following critical letter in The Times ... Court of Appeal says judge's conduct is "shocking ... disgraceful ... deplorable" ... Pannick stations
National corruption commission and same sex marriage enter stage left ... Marriage plebiscite looking shaky ... Greens want a Bill of Rights and tighter gun controls ... Latest smear notes
Ian Hancock is the biographer of Tom Hughes QC, a hero of the Sydney bar ... He has submitted to Justinian's probing, intimate questions on the eve of the book's publication ... Biographing a biographer
Legal profession regulation is a structural mess ... Former Queensland legal services commissioner, John Briton, says the professional associations should vacate the regulatory field ... Too much self-interest, not enough consumer protection ... Law firm cultural issues unaddressed ... Shameful billing practices