An update on AGFS noting briefs

Happy New Year all. 

The clerks here have been doing some digging on this issue of noting briefs. It appears the guidance I put in the first post on this blog is only correct for Southwark.

If you are in any other court, the only rule change has been that the instructed advocate must now make the claim for your fees as part of their claim, it seems. This is probably something your clerks will handle. but as long as the judge has amended the rep order to include a noting junior, it should be ok. Southwark seems to be taking a different view. If you hear anything else on this or you hear that matters have changed at Southwark please let me know by email (Richard . Reynolds [ a t] 9 bedford row . c o .uk[remove the spaces]).

Train tickets - buying cheap

A tip from Lauren Suding:

Should you need to travel to Milton Keynes on the cheap, buy your ticket from the little-known counter next to Platform 10 at Euston. Travel times are restricted, but you can definitely take the 8:14am or the 8:46am. Returns cost £15.90, compared to £38-40 on Trainline or at the Virgin counter. You may also be able to buy ahead on Midlands website, but I haven't tried so I don't know for sure.Should you need to travel to Milton Keynes on the cheap, buy your ticket from the little-known counter next to Platform 10 at Euston. Travel times are restricted, but you can definitely take the 8:14am or the 8:46am. Returns cost £15.90, compared to £38-40 on Trainline or at the Virgin counter. You may also be able to buy ahead on Midlands website, but I haven't tried so I don't know for sure.

I'd like to add to that:

If you are heading up to Luton you can buy a ticket which is off-peak for the 9.00 from St Pancras. Its not a Thameslink train, its upstairs with the intercity trains - I think it goes to Corby. VERY IMPORTANT: you can use the off peak Thameslink ticket on it though. This gets you with plenty of time to get tho the local courts as its a very fast train. 

 

Holidays

This is just passing on some guidance I got recently:

Your holidays in first six, all of the two weeks. Take it!

Particularly in publicly funded work you will likely not be able to take the two weeks you have in second six so also split it, some at Christmas and some shortly before you're on your feet. 

P.S. Once you are on your feet, and if you feel you can take some time off its much better to take time off during the periods more senor members of chambers will be in. This way a you're around to pick up better work when there is a dearth of members of chambers around and you don't leave chambers short handed.

Old Bailey tips

First, sorry as with so many blogs written by pupils funnily enough I've been a little busy. Anyway a few tips for the Old Bailey:

1. In the bar mess, don't sit at the table closest to the counter. It's apparently for silks and their guests. So, obviously the prohibition does not apply if you are invited to do so by one!  

2. The jury are in the lifts, watch out!

3. "Counsel" is the magic work, any further attempt to explain who you are is unnecessary and causes delays. It should be pretty obvious where you should, and can, do this... and where you really should not!

4. There is no door code, don't ask for it.

Commercial pupillage tip.

Do a proper chronology with tab and page references on Word, especially when looking at a weightier (1+ volume) case.  I’ve drafted a couple of pleadings and an advice so far and doing a chronology was an incredibly helpful exercise in two ways: it really focuses the mind on the facts when you’ve finished researching the legal points and it is an invaluable reference when you’re trying to draft and all the tab refs are in one place.

Many thanks to Rosie Scott, for her submission. Please email others to richard . reynolds [a t ] 9 bedford row . co .uk (without the spaces).

Hello World

Dear readers,

This blog is intended to be a place to crowdsource tips and tricks which may be of assistance during pupillage. I (Richard) shall be sharing a few factual tips and tricks that either I have come across or that others sends me on Richard . Reynolds [ a t ] 9 bedford row . co . uk, I will not be sharing advocacy tips or training from my varied pupil masters, but rather more basic things such as the location of courts, bits of law which come up often (though no legal advice, of course!), where to get a good coffee, etc.

So here are the first two:

St Albans Crown Court
Do not rely on Google to get you there! If you google it your likely to be sent to another town, not just the wrong building. For the avoidance of doubt there is a Crown Court in St Albans, its near the station, just up the hill and to the right and thats the one people mean.

Noting Briefs
This is not an answer, but a warning. The current judicial view appears to be that since a recent rule change (some time in 2014 - I have not found out more) they are no longer empowered to order a noting brief on a normal legal aid rep order. I was warned that even if they purport to order one the odds are you will not be paid. I would welcome anyone who has found a way of dealing with this to contact me. For my part, I got myself put on an older rep order in the same trial, so I'm still getting paid.

 

Please do send me your own tips and tricks at the email address above. I am a criminal pupil in London, so especially if you are not either of these, or one of these, please add your experience to my own.

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