Sud’s Law on BBC Radio 4’s Law In Action

Becky prepares for her interview on BBC Radio 4
Becky prepares for her interview with Joshua Rozenberg on BBC Radio 4

Exciting news folks, as we’re being featured on national radio today! Sud’s Law’s very own Rebecca Finnigan will be speaking to Joshua Rozenberg on the BBC’s flagship legal affairs radio show, Law in Action.

BBC Radio’s flagship legal programme since 1984, Law in Action aims to lead the field in lively, jargon-free but rigorous analysis of the legal stories in, behind, and ahead of the news.

It is currently presented by Joshua Rozenberg, who is one of the UK’s most well known legal commentators, having spent 15 years as the BBC Legal Affairs Correspondent and further 8 years editing the Daily Telegraph’s legal coverage.

The programme regularly talks to leading legal figures at home and abroad and also hears from the people caught up in the law about how it affects their lives. Although the show doesn’t report trials for their own sake, it does explore legal issues raised by cases in the news.

To record her interview for today’s show, Becky went to the BBC’s offices here in Liverpool, accompanied by our Editor, Wendy Brown. As well as speaking about writing for Sud’s Law, Becky also offered her thoughts about the portrayal of the legal system in TV dramas and on the radio. Afterwards, a relieved Becky said:

“Joshua was a very pleasant chap, and had obviously joined our Sud’s Law followers in reading the blog. Shaky legal storylines in soaps continue to be as relevant today as they were when Wendy and I founded the blog two and a half years ago, and I am only too pleased to be able to continue to vent my frustrations on the subject via the medium of Sud’s Law.”

You can hear Becky’s interview online via the BBC website – she appears on the 10th February programme at 24 minutes 20 seconds.

My mum’s a school teacher

Sud’s Law have been watching Coronation Street keenly of late. Not content with driving a wedge between highly strung husband David Platt and wayward wife Kylie, Callum Logan is now intent on forming a relationship with his, until recently, long lost son Max.

Since Kylie disappeared at Christmas (to facilitate actress Paula Lane’s pregnancy), David has been left holding the babies- Kylie’s son Max from her relationship with Callum, and the Platt’s little baby Lily.

Callum has been winding David up, stealing moments with Max and laying on the charm with babysitting Katie. We rather suspect his agenda is to cause as much bother as possible, rather than forming a relationship with young Max. Nevertheless he has laid his cards on the table. He wants son Max.

However on Monday night, he revealed the ace in hand- not only was he named upon little Max’s birth certificate, but he comes from a respectable family and his mother is a school teacher. That’s right, a school teacher. And what’s more, he can prove it and David will be hearing from his solicitor.

As David stood agog, we could hear not Callum’s hot-shot brief, but our very own soap geek extraordinaire Rebecca Finnigan. ‘Pipe down Callum’ and ‘pull your finger out David’, are the polite versions of the phrases she exclaimed!

Having taken some deep breaths and following a bit of a lie down in a darkened room, we find out just what has rattled the cage of Rebecca Finnigan, Family Law solicitor and member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law panel

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Max’s Papa was a Rolling Stone

Coronation Street is on a roll at the moment with legal issues aplenty to keep us Sud’s Law solicitors busy. In a break from the continued drama of the minibus crash, we now see David Platt and his woes concerning young Max.

Poor Max, the little mite has been through the mill.  Rescued from foster care by his mother Kylie (reformed pole dancer) and husband David, Max was welcomed into the Platt household and was ‘lucky’ (we use that term generously) to have Gail as a new found doting granny.  David took Max under his wing and even expressed a wish to adopt his step son.

Whilst David’s psychotic streak seems to have mellowed over the past couple of years, especially since the arrival of baby Lilly, it seems it is Kylie who has let the side down.

A chance meeting with Callum (jail bird, Weatherfield’s bad boy and Max’s estranged father) sparked Kylie’s memories of her very much misspent youth, and saw Callum reignite her old amphetamine habit.

This led to the breakdown of the David-Kylie union, and in true soap style Kylie was shown the door at Christmas.  Little Max and Lilly have been left with David, who is desperately trying to contact Kylie (and was momentarily pleased he thought she had been caught shoplifting in Rochdale).

To add to David’s misery, the dastardly Callum is still on the scene and seems intent to play a part in Max’s life.  Can he?  Can David stop him?

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Corrie crash, bang, wallop! The Coronation Street minibus crash pt. 3

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Scratch what we previously said about Norris. He would not make a good lawyer. What a piece of work he was in Monday night’s Corrie as he dripped poison over poor Steve, openly blaming him for the accident and saying he was cowardly in running off and not helping in the rescue. In reaction, Steve just maintained his sad bewildered expression, looking much like a blood hound who has lost his sense of smell.

At least Michelle stuck up for him, blaming the boy racers for the accident but she got little support for this view. The silence was deafening as the tumbleweed swept across the Rovers bar and none of the regulars spoke up.

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Corrie crash, bang, wallop! The Coronation Street minibus crash pt. 2

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Friday’s dose of Corrie started rather poignantly with Ken fussing around daughter Tracy, enjoying greatly the novelty of being proud of her. Viewers couldn’t fail to be reminded of Deidre and what her reaction would have been (undoubtedly it would have included a celebration tea of stuffed marrow).

However the rest of the episode quickly returned to the main subject – locals blaming Steve for the bus accident. This served to demonstrate that you do find out who your real friends are when you’re down and out on the cobbles.

As the front seat passenger, Carla was best placed to stick up for Steve and blame the young hoodlums, but she stayed uncharacteristically quiet . We think she was still in a state of shock after being rescued by her frenemy Tracy.

At this point we have a serious HEALTH WARNING for Carla – Tracy is NOT, and never will be your friend!

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Corrie crash, bang, wallop! The Coronation Street minibus crash pt. 1

We can’t help feeling sorry for the accountants and stunt people on Coronation Street who have gone to a lot of time and trouble staging the spectacular minibus crash only to have it rightly overshadowed by the news of Corrie legend Anne Kirkbride’s untimely death.

Here’s hoping Deirdre is somewhere propping up the bar, rolling her eyes at her mother Blanche.

This week’s episodes had the distinct feel of impending doom à la The Poseidon Adventure (for the oldies) or Titanic (for the youngsters) as the factory girls (and boys) set off in their glad-rags to the posh do.

Beth Sutherland has Tina Charles, a pair of platform shoes and some badly fitted carpet to thank for preventing her from boarding the ill-fated vehicle.

Any feminist’s heart would have been gladdened at the sight of such female heroism as the women took the crash in their stride leaving the men either gormlessly blank (Kirk), wooden (Sean) or glazed (Steve).

Who would have thought that Maddie would be the heroine of the night, so calmly taking charge that the only real excitement in the rescue efforts was the heartfelt slap she gave to mum-in-law Sally?

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A very personal injury

It was of course only a matter of time before gormless goody goody Tyrone Dobbs was a victim of pantomime villain Todd Grimshaw, who for good measure has also caused his goody goody gormless brother Jason a lot of grief too. With talk of a no win no fee personal injury solicitor in the offing should Jason have cause to panic?

The storyline of Todd getting Jason’s building firm to use the wrong building materials to build Tyrone’s loft extension has been a surprisingly realistic example of how small family businesses like Jason’s can come unstuck with their own insurers.

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Nick and Leanne’s divorce disaster

Racking up her second divorce in as many years, Coronation Street’s Leanne Battersby/Barlow/Tilsley was left reeling on Friday. Not because she still wanted to be married to Nick – quite the contrary – she wanted to rid too. But she was aggrieved that he had petitioned on the basis of her adultery.

So does Leanne do the sensible thing and make an appointment seek sound legal advice from an expert solicitor? No. She huffs and puffs her way around the cobbles, grumbling to whoever is unfortunate enough to cross her path.

Does she have to play ball? Can she stop him? There’s only one person to ask, Rebecca Finnigan, associate solicitor and member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law panel. Delirious from exposure to CBeebies, Rebecca interrupts her maternity leave to comment.

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Silly Billy goes willy nilly

Billy, Billy, Billy.  You foolish chap.  Did you not read the last instalment of Suds Law?  We suggested you might want to seek decent independent legal advice.  We certainly didn’t endorse attempting to throw yourself at Honey again, torching your daughter’s passport (Indoors – the landlord will be thrilled – let’s hope he was watching Emmerdale hey?) and then taking Janet and William off (in what we assume is Phil’s Jag) for a “holiday”.

When there’s a dodgy legal family issue in the world of soap, there’s only one cage to rattle.  That’s right, associate family law solicitor, member if the Law Society’s Advanced Family Panel and currently night feeder extraordinaire, we rudely interrupted her maternity leave (again) to ask Rebecca Finnigan.

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Honey’s boo boo

A familiar face waltzed onto Albert Square last week in the form of everyone’s favourite dippy ex-wife, Honey Mitchell.  Mother to Billy’s two nippers Janet and William, Billy thought his luck was in and Honey was seeking reconciliation.  He took cousin Roxy’s advice (a woman with slightly less than impeccable taste in men) and cooked his estranged missus a slap up candle lit meal.

At the crucial moment he lunged in declaring his love for Honey and trying for a smooch, only to be smacked around the gormless chops with the news that little William had (in the style of a young Kate Moss) been scouted by an international modelling agency and was off for 12 months to the thriving hub of the modelling industry.  Milan?  Paris?  New York?  No that well known fashion world capital… Canada.

Can Honey just up and leave, taking William and Janet with her, without seeking consent from dumbstruck Billy?

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