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28/09/2006

Life? What life?

I was at a conference with a client and Counsel the other day at a certain Lincoln’s Inn Fields chambers. The place was heaving with lighting stands, women with clipboards and the kind of unshaven, tool belted man that can only be a rigger. Lo, they were filming the ‘This Life’ 10 years on Christmas special.

Allegedly, the programme spawned a whole generation of wannabe lawyers, surely down to the sex, drugs and nifty shared early Victorian (late Regency?) house rather than the joys of a well drafted contract, or agressively timed application.

Nearly Legal was not tempted to the law by ‘This Life’, but I did enjoy it, so it was with a quickening of breath and an irregular pulse rate that I ambled slowly through the corridor and paused in the courtyard. Looking, though I say so myself, pretty damn fine, in a suitably 10 years on sort of way, I was awaiting the call to be a passing lawyerly figure in the background, somewhere in the blurry distance behind Miles or Anna.

In an all too convincing meeting of art and life, I was ignored. Neither a pretend nor actual lawyer shall I be, it seems.

[I was right about the other interview, by the way]

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.

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