Pleasant words archive
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17 April 2007
A few pleasant words from:
John O'Callaghan in Dublin
I am an ‘Appeal Commissioner’ in Ireland.
You may well know that we carry out functions similar to those of the Special
and General Commissioners as well as those of the Customs and Duties Tribunal
in the UK.
Your book Statutory Interpretation lies open on
my desk as I type. I was, until a moment ago, considering the precise meaning
of ‘is not, at the date of the inheritance beneficially entitled to any
other dwelling-house...’ as it appears in Section 86 of our Capital Acquisitions
Tax Act 2003.
However, before this begins to sound like work
I should point out that I am not looking for your advice. I write to say thank
you. You have accomplished a Herculean task which has regularly been of direct
assistance to me in wrestling with what is sometimes rather poorly drafted legislation.
I cannot see how any intelligent person could fail to appreciate what a monumental
achievement your work represents.
I notice that, like me, you are married to an Irish
woman. Is that how you ensure that your syntactical and other analytical skills
Again, thank you.
28 February 2007.
here for the complete exchange of e-mails
22 March 2007
A few pleasant words from the
Scottish Parliament (2007.003.REF):
Scottish Parliament - Subordinate Legislation
23 April 2002, col. 874.
The Convener (Margo Macdonald): The committee
asked the Executive to justify the vires of the degree of sub-delegation to
Scottish Water in regulation 8(b).
The Executive has given us a well-researched and thoughtful response. It must
have been referring to Bennion’s “Statutory Interpretation”,
which, I am told, is something that we must all read.
Murdo Fraser: Convener, I think that you
should read it and précis it
for the rest of us.
The Convener: Yes, okay.
Colin Campbell: On
an A4 sheet.
The Convener: Seemingly, Bennion’s “Statutory Interpretation” is
the answer to everything. I really must ask for it for Christmas.
25 February 2003, col. 1245.
(Margo Macdonald): We said that. Convenience in drafting should not be as important
as the legal effect.
Ian Jenkins: And we all know that Bennion,
in “Statutory Interpretation”,
makes it clear that it is a drafting error that can have serious consequences.
Campbell (West of Scotland) (SNP): You took the words right out of my mouth.
Convener: That is what Bennion said the last time I talked to him.
Did you enjoy the end of chapter 3? I thought that it was a good cliffhanger.
Convener: We like happy endings. Old Bennion can be relied upon.
22 February 2007
A few pleasant words from Delia
You were extremely popular amongst barristers doing the course ‘Changing
Practice for Barristers’ which described the web sites of individual barristers
and asked them which sites they found particularly useful or interesting. See
the next issue, coming out next week! People loved the mixture of challenging
content on your site.”
In the following issue (early March) of
Delia’s famous Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, in an item headed ‘The best
web sites from individual barristers offering free (and useful) information – and
who got most votes! ’ Delia reported:
‘In the e-book with CPD “Changing Practice
for Barristers” by Nick Holmes and me, I asked which two of the sites
provided by individual barristers the people taking the course (themselves largely
barristers) found most useful. Nearly 100 people have now taken this course.'
This site got the second highest number of votes
at 24. Among the comments received was ‘Francis Bennion’s site for
a fine mixture of legal analysis and polemic . . . and . . . because he challenges
my assumptions in the area of human rights and civil liberties’.
Thanks again Delia!