Friday Song Special 

Once again I am banging the drum about the sheer quality and variety of live music on show in the UK – it is not hard to find. Britain has got amazing talent however it’s currently somewhere other than on prime time TV. Last Saturday, with 10-days notice, Cleveland FBU put on a benefit for […]

I Promise 

I plugged perhaps the last major hole in my live band bucket list last year when we went to see Radiohead in Lisbon. It is hard to believe that OK Computer is 20 years old and is now subject to a 2 CD deluxe reissue. This is from the extras disc which will be dropping […]

Moonshine Freeze 

Adore this, the title track from the forthcoming album by “This is the Kit” – nothing more to say really

Underside of Power 

I am cueing this up on Thursday afternoon as I will be in the car tomorrow morning. Algiers are another BBC 6 Music discovery hailing from Atlanta GA. I love the northern soul feel to this and suspect it might just capture my mood this Friday morning.

Peer Review: A Cautionary Tale 

There appears to be a serious attempt underway to breath life back into the Peer Review scheme. I have a number of objections to this not least that it was conceived at a time before the massive cuts in fees made participation in a file beauty parade utterly unviable. But that’s not important right now. […]

Secret Squirrel 

I have had a number of clients become embroiled in disputes with the LAA over 2017 Contract office requirements, which they are rigidly enforcing. It has even involved Contract Managers playing “Secret Squirrel” and making unannounced visits to branch offices. Below is a reminder of the main requirements but remember that there are also some […]

Full House 

Yesterday really was one of those days. The phone went constantly whilst e-mails arrived steadily in the background. We dealt with questions across all current legal aid contracts and pretty much every franchise category, as I still call them. Beyond the general billing queries this included specific and serious cases involving: Termination notices Contract suspensions […]

Bambro Koyo Ganda 

This by Bonobo is another BBC 6 music steal and is absolutely brilliant. The video is great too with the segment with the black kites is like a scene from our Spanish roof terrace in mid April.  

14 Hours 

I have had numerous conversations on the 14-hour rule; the ghostbusting clause in 2017 Crime contract designed to catch out Duty Solicitors not genuinely engaged in at least 2-days “contract work” a week. The reason for this is that the written guidance is far from definitive, even the estimable Crimeline Complete’s attempts to tie this […]

Long Long Road 

By now I would just be doing greatest hits tours, both for the love of it and to top up the pension scheme. Not Mr Weller however and there is no denying it he is still churning out great new stuff.

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