Friday, April 13, 2007


The first time I tried to write a legal blog, it fell into the swamp, more or less. This is not altogether surprising - writing anything worth reading requires a kind of sustained effort that my brain-stem associates with hours spent in front of my office computer, with the result that exerting the grey cells outside working hours leads pretty well instantly to a total shutdown. There is also the little matter that the minutiae of life as a junior at a large City law firm hardly makes for thrilling copy.

The second attempt fell into the swamp too. I'd tried to shy away from ripping yarns involving photocopiers and mis-filed bundles by making a more personal record. This showed some brief promise, but ultimately foundered - principally because the tangled weaving involved in writing any kind of record without alerting two simultaneous girlfriends to their simultaneity proved beyond me.

So why try again? Aren't there hundreds of UK City Law blawgs (legal blogs, for those unfamiliar with this clumsy term) by now?

Well, not really, as far as I can tell. So far I've only seen one London blawg by a UK corporate lawyer, namely the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Corporate Blawg UK , and a few blogs by IT-literate barristers and suchlike. These are drops in the ocean of blogs maintained by student lawyers and other pinkoes and fellow-travellers, some of whom seem disturbingly willing to put sensitive information about themselves on public record.

So we'll see where this goes. Shunt that SPA onto one side, grab a coffee, ignore the trainee hovering nervously outside your office and enjoy the ride. But wear your swamp boots, just in case.

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