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OldRuin was in chambers today and looking particularly sprightly which was a pleasure to see after all of his health scares last week. “I’ve got a get together with some old chums from the bar this evening. Ever decreasing number they are too, BabyB. Still, OldFatherTime keeps on going regardless.”

I told him that I had bumped into OldFatherTime in the bear garden the other day and that he had passed on his regards to OldRuin.
“They don’t make them like him, any more, BabyB. Legend has it that as a young man he was a friend of Lord Atkin and helped him draft the judgment in Donoghue v Stevenson after church and a particularly hearty Sunday lunch out in the shires. That’d make him older than would be imaginiable though. Definitely a great reformer BabyB.  In my time you could always tell which of the judgments of Lord Denning had been preceded by a visit of OldFatherTime to his home in Whitchurch, you know.”

He looked at me wistfully and then whispered as if he were passing on a secret: “You know, some say BabyB, that OldFatherTime has been around as long as the common law itself. Like some sort of legal Highlander. Silly really but his early years are so shrouded in colonial mystery that it’s left it open to speculation.” With a twinkle in his eye he smiled in a way that the French would describe as mi fig, mi raisin.  Only half-joking.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan. You can buy the latest BabyBarista novel, 'Law and Peace' on Amazon. The cartoons are by Alex Williams, author of The Queen's Counsel Lawyer's Omnibus.