The Gazette reports today that the International Bar Association’s annual conference - the world’s largest gathering of lawyers – will be postponed.
Sharing the story on the Gazette’s Twitter page led criminal law solicitor Nicholas Diable to ask his followers what, in fact, is the collective name for a group of lawyers? A sue of lawyers, maybe? A bafflement? A brief, perhaps?
Cue a wave of creative responses: ‘a disagreement’ poses one Twitter user; ‘a dispute’ suggests another. ‘A case of lawyers? A chamber of lawyers?’ someone else muses.
Obiter’s personal favourites? A ‘bundle’ or an ‘estoppel’.
One Tweeter notes that ‘It’s a wiggery of Barristers. I don’t know for solicitors.’
It looks like the Oxford English Dictionary could well be inundated with proposals.