GIVING THE GIFTED A GIFT
In barely a blink of an eye, awards season has come around again. And with it comes the dilemma – what to get that newly minted QC or Recorder as their appointment gift?
Well the lifestyle journos at M’Lud magazine have got their heads together to take the stress out of the act of giving and to make sure you don’t get “court” out.
This year there are some definite no-nos on the gift front for that someone special. We understand that the perfect present for the part-time Judge in your life would seem to be a gavel. Don’t be fooled. If your nearest and dearest receive the gift of a gavel there would definitely be cries of “Order! Order!”
Why? As every journalist knows – the court comes with its own gavel. It would be a case of “did you keep the receipt?” all round if the token of your affections turned out to be a double parked little mallet.
What is the “must avoid” QC congratulatory present? It depends on the practice area of your loved one. If they do crime do not buy anything that hints at having a hobby. No one wants reminding, in their moment of triumph, that they are about to have a lot of time on their hands. That will definitely be a “Silence in Court!” moment.
Does the new QC do medical negligence? Don’t buy them a medical dictionary. They are already almost a fully qualified doctor, capable of diagnosing the ailments of their colleagues in chambers!
An employment QC? Do not buy them the “Idiot’s Guide to the GMC”. That’s a gift to get them a few months after their appointment, the perfect moment being when you hear them mumble “bloody rise in tribunal fees….”
So what do you buy that special someone in your life when they receive their letter from Her Maj?
There are lots of gift ideas out there. Nothing says “I love you, Your Honour” like the perfect present, tailored to the personality of your newbie member of the judiciary.
Have they previously spent twenty years doing civil work? Are they now sitting in crime? Easy-peasy. Give them the gift of Archibald. This is a bit of an “adults only” gift. The Chapters on Hearsay and Bad Character are enough to give any civil practitioner sleepless nights! The CJA 2003 is the lawyer’s equivalent of the shower scene from Pyscho.
Does your spouse have a wicked sense of humour? Get them a little black cap. When sentencing burglars they can have hours of endless fun in removing their wig and slipping into something a little more fatal, with hilarious consequences. Simply capital!
If the neophyte, part time Judge has previously been a solicitor and does not have a wig and gown then there are a range of options open to you depending on your budget.
Here is a bit of an insider’s tip – don’t waste your money on those expensive outfitters just off the Strand. Get yourself an EBay account and search for “Judge’s wig” in Fancy Dress. You get two gifts for the price of one here. A wig for court and a wig when you want to go dressed as Louis XIV!
Of course their appointment as a Recorder is just the very first step. Show them that you share their ambition and buy them some ermine trimmed gloves. There is a specialist website for the personalised gift for the ambitious. Head over to “NotOnTheHighCourtBenchYet.com” and start planning for the pension.
And why wouldn’t they want to be a High Court Judge? Give them a push in the right direction with a card that mentions their 3%, sector-busting pay rise.
Is your other half a commercial Silk? The age old dilemma – what do you get the man/woman who already has everything? The answer? Simple. Get them a life…..time subscription to M’Lud magazine, the original Luds’ Mag.
Any new QC is going to be thrilled to receive the gift of a SatNav. Their profile has reached national recognition. And the road map of their career now has lots of nights away from home.
If you and your partner have an “appointment” with romance, you can’t fail with a pair of silk stockings. And some patent shoes. And some breeches. Ding-dong!
At this time of year we should not forget the disappointed. Did your other half receive an email from the JAC which they could talk about straight away? Did one of their twelve referees let them down in their Silk’s application?
For the disappointed, aspirant Recorder perhaps they should take comfort from wine. M’Lud’s wine expert recommends a Sauterne or a Tokay. Sour grapes are best avoided.
And for the deflated, wannabe Silk the perfect gift is the MoJ sponsored QC Appointments gift card – available in denominations of £3,500.
Her Maj may have given them a Royal Warrant but you can give them the gift that really matters. If your significant other did “the double”, Silk and Recorder in the same year, then this could get expensive. But QC has never stood for “quite cheap”.
Getting the perfect present is absolutely crucial. Follow our advice and you can’t go wrong. Get it spot on and stay on the right side of the law.
IN THE NEXT EDITION OF M’LUD WE HAVE :
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE WEDDING OF TWO CELEBRITY LAWYERS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF AND CARE ABOUT EVEN LESS
WE CHAT EXLCUSIVELY TO A LAWYER WHO IS MARRIED TO SOMEONE FAMOUS ABOUT THEIR WORK, THEIR GLAMOUROUS LIFESTYLE AND HOW THE MANAGE TO LOOK SO DARNED STUNNING ALL THE TIME
AND WE BRING YOU EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE SILKS’ CEREMONY. WHICH QC WILL WIN THIS YEAR’S M’LUD NOBBLY KNEES COMPETITION? WHO WORE WHAT TO THEIR DATE WITH THE LORD CHANCELLOR?