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Claire and I had a drink with one of the more eccentric characters in chambers last night (and that’s saying something).

‘You know, you kids should all slow down’, he said.  ‘You’re all in far too much of a rush to be getting on these days.  It’s all work, work, work.  Careers advisers and goal-setting.  Why not let fate take a hand for once?  Let life flow a little more easily.’

He took a long drag on his cigar in the private smoking room which a certain wine bar continues to provide to particularly favoured barristers.  He was on a roll and to be fair we had finished off six bottles of claret between the three of us.

‘Not that I can understand why any of you would want to come to the Bar anyway.  Who’d want a four day week sitting around in an ivory tower even when you do get paid ridiculously well?  Not when you could be toiling at the grindstone working fourteen hour days as solicitors.  No, the sort of freedom the Bar can give a man is enough to drive him to drink, I can tell you.’

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.