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After wigs, cravats


Cravat horrorAnd we thought the sound and fury over whether bench, bar and solicitor-advocates wear or don’t wear wigs was bad. From the land of more relaxed court-wear comes a debate over whether a cravat (or an Ascot, depending) is appropriate for an advocate or rather ‘borders on contemptuous’. Shockingly, bowties are apparently thoroughly respectful.

Thanks to WAC for the link.

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. lawminx

    Never mind the cravat, NL, enquiring minds want to know! Will you be a wiggy wearer in the fullness of time?!?

  2. contact

    Minx, surely you didn’t think that this was my real hair?

    I am considering pursuing higher rights certification, I’ve enjoyed advocacy at the County Court. But I’m not sure that there is much call for it in civil litigation. Frankly, considering lost billable time set against advocacy fee, it is usually much cheaper to brief Counsel for most hearings.

  3. cal

    so which psc track are you doing? electives or higher rights?

  4. contact

    Cal, I am doing higher rights academic, which may not be necessary for higher rights shortly, but still looks like the most relevant option for a civil litigator (non-PI) anyhow.

  5. cal

    a good plan indeed – i finally finished the electives but a combination of timing and insufficeint booking cancellation of courses south of Leeds (!) meant i ended up having to do courses which will have no relevance for a future as a welfare/ legal aid sector solicitor just to jump the hurdles. the course brochure is always resplendent with boiler plate clauses and, as you say pI litigation, it’s really sad that there none of the training providers at LPC or PSC feel able to realistically run courses in legal aid specialties.


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