Being an advocate in court is not dissimilar to being a parent. You often need to think fast on your feet to deal with an unexpected question; you need to come up with a polite intelligent answer that won’t drop you in it. Both judges and small children can smell BS a mile away.

A networking contact of mine (who can be named if he wishes!) was recently confronted by his four year-old daughter. He was naked (it was his bedroom after all) and she asked what was that between his legs. After the briefest of hesitations, and knowing that whatever he said was going to be repeated to all and sundry, he told the young child the first thing that came in to his head. That, he said, is massive.

I thought it was a great spur of the moment answer. However you do wonder if this means the child will spend a large part of her adult life being disappointed.

If you need a solicitor who is fast on her feet, drop me a line at for some witty repartee.

Kleyman and Co Solicitors. The full service law firm. Good at sizing up the opposition.