It seems that there is an arrogant sub-culture of lawyers for whom the law is something from which they have, on occasion, casually exempted themselves.
Some are so complacent that they airily publicise their prior disregard of the law, almost as if they see it as a selling point.
Strangely, they seem not to realise that a public admission of law-breaking just might bring their profession into disrepute, at least as far as ordinary members of the public are concerned.
Especially if it involved (mis)use of Class A drugs.
The destructiveness of Class A drugs is well known.
It’s no excuse then – or so a lay person might think – to argue: “I wasn’t caught”, “I never declared it”, “I got away with it, and so it should make no difference”.
Sadly, different rules apply where m’learned friends are concerned.
Step forward our old friend, Bristol family law barrister Sarah Phillimore.
Evidently, neither her Inn of Court (Lincoln’s) nor her present workplace, St John’s Chambers, have a problem as regards her history of illegal drug use. How very broad-minded of them.
It’s a tribute to the Bar’s commitment to “diversity”, is it not? It welcomes illicit drug-users, or at least those who have managed to avoid detection and prosecution. Well, of course the Bar should reflect the constituency that it serves.
Classy? Not really.
As for herself, Ms Phillimore is happy to own up to a misspent youth. On her Twitter account in January 2014, she admitted to having taken illegal drugs, suggesting that it’s all right so long as you don’t do it in court!
And two days after Christmas last December, in what some might see as a self-serving post, she tweeted that she had last used “Class A drugs about 25 years ago. In line with most of my peers”.
That word “about”. For in 1994 she was called to the Bar. Her claim to have ceased unlawful drugs use around this time could be seen as tactical.
And note her casual admission of a drug-taking milieu, which she seems unfazed about.
But Phillimore has a darker side, which evinces a disturbing control-freakery. This is evidenced in her admission on 9 September 2017 that she has attempted to “police” the activities of a complete stranger (i.e. me): in effect, she admits to being a stalker.
In addition, she has repeatedly drawn public attention to the fact that she is unusually “aggressive” and “unpleasant” for a woman. Might this point to some underlying and unresolved mental health issues?
I must declare an interest here, as she has displayed her aggression towards me in dozens and dozens and dozens of vexatious complaints – an enduring pattern of behaviour which I consider to be abnormal and, sadly, pathological.
Factor in that she has openly admitted to seeking others’ downfall, and even made a “joke” about her favourite drink being “the crimson blood” of her enemies.
Any ordinary reader could be forgiven for thinking that she has some underlying problems of her own: which, regrettably, her previous Class A drug use has evidently not been able to ameliorate.
Draw your own conclusions.