As a follow-on from our earlier post, we’re delighted to say that the lovely Marianne Butler is featured in the Evening Standard today. Please do donate to this great cause - Le Cure de France. And George & Amal, if you’re reading, chip in too!
Hello everyone, we know that you usually expect nothing but sheer frivolity and/ or irreverence from us, but on this occasion we would like to share something a bit more serious with you.
Last year we grew very fond of Fountain Court’s Marianne Butler who was no. 2 on our Hottest Female Barristers in London list 2013. We were instantly drawn to her sparky personality and witty email banter, and found ourselves cracking up every time we corresponded with her. We could tell right away that Marianne was a very special person.
Life, however, doesn’t seem to have much rhyme or reason. Nor does it reward people equally. It is certainly ironic that while no. 1 Amal’s year went on a stellar upwards trajectory, being romanced and then affianced to the world’s biggest movie star, Marianne had a somewhat different post-hottie list outcome.
On the 26th of September, she was diagnosed with grade III breast cancer, with no warning, and no family history of the disease. The situation was so grave, her doctor ordered her to start chemotherapy the following Monday (the 30th). Funnily enough, Marianne was poised to begin a big case with another barrister hottie, the legendary Derrick Dale. But once the diagnosis came in, there was only one thing to think about — getting better.
Your Barrister Hottie Experts heard about Marianne’s condition in December 2013 and got in touch. Marianne responded with an ever-hilarious note, saying that she was ‘bald as a worm’ from chemo. Naturally we were shocked, saddened, and just plain pissed off that fate could deal such an unfair blow to this wonderful person.
In May 2014, Marianne wrote saying the cancer had buggered off for now, though she was still undergoing treatment. ‘There is nothing like being bald to feel like a supermodel when eyelashes return,’ she wrote, always able to draw on her humour even at the worst of times.
Up until now, we have been able to do precious little for Marianne, except admire her incredible spirit, and regret not putting her at the top of our hottie list 2013. Now, however, we have the chance to do something for Marianne.
Her cancer was vanquished in part by two drugs she received while under the care of Professor Ian Smith (future doctor hottie?) at the Royal Marsden Hospital and its cancer Research Fund. This was the first time these two drugs had been used for a front-line treatment at the hospital. They worked to stop the cancer cells from communicating with other cells in the body, basically holding the tumor down while the chemo and Marianne’s immune system kicked its ass.
Marianne having chemotherapy treatment.
To raise money for the Research Fund that offered Marianne this pioneering treatment, a group of 25 of her friends and family are riding their bikes up the Tour De France’s most intimidating climbs from September 10-14. It’s called Le Cure De France, which you must admit is charming. They may not be fit, they may not be agile, but they are doing it for Marianne, and all the other women who may be affected by this awful disease.
We really hope you will help out!!
We’re back! It is with great excitement that we present the 21 Hottest Barristers in London 2014: Male Edition.
We’ve taken your many, many recommendations into account, and balanced word of mouth praise with the harsh reality of some of the chambers pictures. This is obviously not an exact science but we feel confident that our 2014 list is the hottest yet. Enjoy!!!!!