- R v Paul Chambers (appealed to the High Court as Chambers v Director of Public Prosecutions), popularly known as the Twitter Joke Trial, was a United Kingdom legal case centred on the conviction of a man under the Communications Act 2003 for posting a joke about destroying an airport to Twitter, a message which police regarded as 'menacing'.
- David Allen Green December 20, 2019 Escaping the shadow of AV Dicey and putting parliament in its place. Dicey produced the nearest the UK has had to a constitution.
A year ago, when The Times’ legal editor Frances Gibb joined Twitter, uploaded a profile photo and wrote herself a bio, legal market watchers rushed to follow her. Almost overnight, she attracted 200 of us.
My name is David Allen Green, and I am a lawyer and writer living in London. This is my personal blog. It is named after a medieval folklore hero – a wizard that bested the devil. The blog became well-known for its detailed and accessible coverage of the libel case brought against Simon Singh.
What exciting law-related titbits was this well-connected hack going to reveal, we wondered? And kept wondering, as Gibb stubbornly refused to send a single tweet. Seasons passed. Revolution swept North Africa. Grafana slack alert localhost. The Euro teetered on the verge of collapse. And still Gibb remained silent. Who knows, perhaps she logged onto Twitter and belted out a few words on the legal aspects of those events before thinking better of sharing them.
“Not yet, Frances,” she may have whispered under her breath, as she noted that failure to tweet hadn’t prevented her follower count from rising to in excess of 800.
Then last Thursday the new CPS list of approved advocates was released, and Gibb noted that it didn’t tally with the official letters sent out. It was time.
“List of advocates who have made new CPS approved list is out today (also on http://thetimes.co.uk/law £) but doesn’t tally with letters sent out,” tweeted Gibb.
And then nothing again…
Gibb’s fellow legal journalist David Allen Green suffers no such reluctance to share his feelings with his Twitter followers. Sometimes, though, he’s not very nice to them – a tendency that may partly explain his habit of deleting his tweets at the end of each week.
His followers don’t always delete them, of course. Here’s Green’s December exchange with trainee lawyer Mark Pentecost, who he calls “a twat”.
Pentecost: Seriously considering unfollowing everyone who is tweeting about x-factor. Even @DavidAllenGreen is at it. Good grief.
Green to Pentecost: Then just bloody un-follow and don’t whinge about it. Please
Pentecost to Green: Consider it done. Thanks. *sheesh*
Green quotes Pentecost’s bio back at him, “executive committee member of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society”, before adding: and clearly a twat
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David Allen Green speaks at TAM London 2010
|Born||28 March 1971 (age 50)|
|Other names||Jack of Kent|
David Allen Green (born 28 March 1971; 'Allen' is his second forename) is an English lawyer and writer. He is the former legal correspondent for the New Statesman; writes about law and policy for the Financial Times; and has previously blogged using the pseudonym Jack of Kent.
His articles on legal matters have been published by The Guardian, The Lawyer, New Scientist, and others.
He was shortlisted for the Orwell prize for blogging in 2010 and was a judge of the same in 2011. He was also named in 2010 as one of the leading innovators in journalism and media, and in 2011 as one of the 'Hot 100' lawyers by The Lawyer.
Green was born at Selly Oak Hospital and brought up in Birmingham. After attending Four Dwellings comprehensive school and Halesowen College sixth-form, he studied Modern History at Pembroke College, Oxford and Law at the University of Birmingham.
In 2012, Green was listed on the Independent on SundayPink List, a list of influential British LGBT people. On Twitter, Green said that he was bisexual in response to the listings. He has also said that he was 'not Christened, and am still less a Christian'.
After being awarded the Sir Thomas More and Hardwicke Scholarships by Lincoln's Inn, Green was called to the Bar in 1999 and became a solicitor in 2001. Formerly a lawyer at Baker McKenzie, Herbert Smith, and the Treasury Solicitor, he is now (and since 2009) head of the media practice at Preiskel & Co.
He was involved on a pro bono basis with Simon Singh's successful libel defence campaign against the British Chiropractic Association.
In 2010, he advised Sally Bercow over possible libel action by think tank MigrationWatch UK and their chairman Sir Andrew Green which was later dropped.
He led the defence in the Twitter Joke Trial, in which defendant Paul Chambers was acquitted on appeal on 27 July 2012.
Green is a blogger on his own blog, and previously one under the name Jack of Kent (named after Jack o' Kent), is a columnist on law and policy for the Financial Times; and has contributed to the New Statesman, The Guardian, The Lawyer, and the New Scientist in the past. He has been a guest on the Remainiacs podcast several times in 2019, and has used his expertise to explain aspects of United Kingdom constitutional law as they relate to Brexit and the 2019 British prorogation controversy.
In 2012, he gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press.
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- ^Green, David Allen (5 February 2019). 'The one reason I dislike Brexit is that my birthday is the day before (the current) Brexit day but I am now so used to typing and saying '29 March', I routinely get my DoB wrong and so thrown out of things by security'. @davidallengreen. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
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- ^'Are you on the j-list? The leading innovators in journalism and media in 2010'. Journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
- ^'The Hot 100 2011'. The Lawyer: 4, 6, 10. 2011. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011.
- ^ abcde'David Allen Green'. Conville & Walsh Ltd. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
- ^'The IoS Pink List 2012'. Independent on Sunday. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- ^David Allen Green (4 November 2012). 'Delighted to represent the usually neglected Bs in LGBT in the IoS #PinkList (no 58)'. Twitter. Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- ^Green, David Allen (17 March 2019). 'comment, under Welcome to the new blog'. David Allen Green. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
- ^Dowell, Katy (7 October 2010). 'Migrationwatch drops Sally Bercow libel threat'. The Lawyer. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- ^Allen Green, David. 'Jack of Kent: Defending Sally Bercow'. Blogger. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- ^'David Allen Green - Profile from Preiskel.com'. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- ^'SUPREME CAUGHT? David Allen Green on the Scottish court case capers'. Audioboom. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- ^Allen Green, David. 'Witness Statement of David Allen Green'(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on 22 January 2014.
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- Official website
- Green's columns at Prospect magazine