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What he said


Corporate Law appears to be having a bit of a crise. I feel for him. As far as I can tell, Corporate doesn’t think his blog has been getting the attention/traffic that it should. If that is the case, then I’d agree. There are very few sites in this world that do detailed and complex corporate law together with rainbow coloured text, artistically blurred photos and ‘comedy links’; so the quality of the sole exemplar of this genre shouldn’t be overlooked.

But Corporate Law is not alone. It may be the onset of spring, it may be the early stages of a mid-life crisis (again), but I’m also having a ‘what is the point’ moment about this blog.

Although I grant that I occasionally fall under Corporate’s stereotype 2 (‘the overly creative solicitor blawg’), Nearly Legal isn’t a gossip blawg, roman a clef or Bildungsroman, which are the modes of the moment, (it might have been a Bildungsroman, but the crucial element of development in changing circumstances is sadly a bit lacking). Neither is it particularly a personal vehicle for whimsy, bile or vituperation, although those may crop up.

There is some serious law on here, but only in part. It isn’t an exercise in self- marketing, because I am both anonymous, apparently untrainable and not writing a novel (at least, not based on this blog). Thankfully, the blog isn’t a diary, but it does get a bit self-reflective at times (like this) when blawging is the subject matter.

I’m not sure how long it can carry on in its present, somewhat scattershot, form. That it is also an unfashionable form is merely the flake in the 99. Corporate appears to have reached some conclusions on where he is headed. Hopefully, I’ll reach some soon.

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.


  1. Corporate Blawg

    Thank you for your kind comments.

    This year my posts have been sporadic as I’ve tried to reconcile the hours of free and far-between time writing about corporate law when I should be roller-blading, laughing in bars and reading comics.

    There is a danger, as you writely have noticed in the genre, that this new direction could end up “a personal vehicle for whimsy, bile or vituperation”. But, if I manage to develop a style of prose or depth of resource nearly as sophisticated as I regularly find in this blog (not meaning to sound sycophantic), it will be a valuable Bildungsroman of its own making.

    Much respect,

  2. Corporate Blawg

    Thanks very much for your post, and your kind words.

    With a bit of prompting from the wife, I realised I should spend more time roller-blading, laughing in bars and reading comics than thinking about corporate law in my “free” (and far between) time.

    However, if this new direction enables the development of a style of prose and depth of cultural resource that is as (nearly) good as regularly appears in your blog, Nearly, I will be very pleased. Perhaps then, the new direction shall be a Bildungsroman after all.

    Best regards,

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    Sorry if I caught you out with the moderation queue there. I don’t do the blog from work, so sadly comments have to wait till I get home.

    I’ll miss Corporate 1.0. I, for one, thought you were doing a great job. I look forward to the beta of 2.0, though.


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