A colleague at university, who works in the area of literature and law, asked me if I was interested in the law. When studying English I did have meetings about switching my degree to law, ultimately deciding that I preferred the English reading list.
I now get my regular doses of law through my partner, who has set up the first pan-European environmental legal charity ClientEarth. He's fresh back from Geneva, a heady week of bringing the governments of the EU and UK to task before the United Nations for blocking citizens' access to environmental justice.
I'm used to newspapers taking nothing, distorting the facts, and spinning out opinion pieces. It was heartening to find this exception by Simon Barnes in yesterday's Times, brightly written, supportive and accurate. 'Beautiful, wonderful and extraordinary lawyers' is his quote on the group; were I a new writer with that blurb, I'd consider myself made.