Grumpy Old Man 

At the end of another long exchange of e-mail I advise patronising the other side, where the (very obvious) penny has finally dropped, by sending a gold star emoticon. Am I surprised they lock me in the Middlesbrough office?

Any Clearer? 

There is a moment towards the end of Pulp Fiction where Jules (S L Jackson) uses a phrase something like; “this is what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity”. I have just had something similar in the Kafka-esque world of RMA regarding an ongoing dispute between clients and RM about appropriate proof of […]

Commercial Settlement 

A partner, in a big supplier, and I have been engaged in, frankly, ridiculous to-ing and fro-ing with the LSC over a small sample of files assessed by the National Audit Office. In fact the firm look likely to be in credit by the end of the exercise. This after the


Or Crime Lower Data Validation Exercise as you might know it. We had a couple of enquiries regarding this last week especially to do with ASSA claims (Civil Public Law claims under your CDS Contract). If you were one of those, or are now interested, do give me a ring – but not an e-mail.

Getting Old 

Family Mediation, crudely mixed with Legal Aid cuts and seasoned with general anti-lawyer sentiment, was the recipe on Five Lives “your call” (or “speke you’re branes” as I call it) this morning. It was, as ever, ill informed and largely revolved around anecdotal evidence of positive and negative experience of the process. I thought about […]

This Week on the Webinar 

I’m covering SQM risk management, and Lexcel as a viable alternative, on the webinar this week. Booking advisable. SQM delivery partnership are offering a 5-hour course on passing an SQM audit – would people appreciate the equivalent only split over3 1-hour webinar sessions? Feedback requested!

Hard Times 

I was dealing with a “financial hardship” case last week – well it would not have got to hardship had the Commission paid up on time. They contacted their Relationship Manager who managed to sort it out and their significant CCLF will be paid shortly. This is exactly the advice which coincidentally appeared on the […]

Lotus Flower 

Out of nowhere a new Radiohead album – which you can download from today. I will wait for the hard copy this time unlike In Rainbows. This is a first listen for me too!

Not The DVLA 

I am talking about it on the Webi this lunchtime but we are starting to see a steady flow of CLDVA reports in the office. Yes another new acronym this time – “Crime Lower Data Validation Exercise”. The costs at question seem on a large number of cases (VAT on disbursements) to be way under […]

Technical Error 

For the first time in 6 years we have had some technical difficulty posting here this week – another good reason to start following us on Twitter as well!! This is not helped by the fact that our techies have moved to the Land of Oz and we consequently have a 12-hour delay on these […]