The educational system depended, for the serious, primarily on private reading, and what you read was not snippets, but whole cases, and whole books, and a small number of whole articles

the deeply anti-intellectual culture of British lawyers

Mr Lester, don’t be embarrassed. You tell me why you and Mr Pannick are the only counsel in England who could adequately represent your clients at the hearing

deals aren’t usually blown by principals; they’re blown by lawyers and accountants trying to prove how valuable they are

People claimed to aim to change the world, to exert some influence outside of the academy, when it was perfectly clear that their highest ambition was tenure

Invective is rare today, not that people are kinder, far from it, but that they are indifferent; possibly also, being less robust than our ancestors, we do not take invective in good part

neque vero pudor obstet, quo minus susceptam, cum melior videretur, litem cognita inter discendum iniquitate dimittat, cum prius litigatori dixerit verum

non poenae nocentium cupidus, sed emendandi vitia corrigendique mores

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