find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
ACT barrister is master of illumination

ACT barrister is master of illumination

A barrister in Canberra has made global headlines after switching on more than half a million Christmas lights to reclaim a Guinness World Record.

A total of 502,165 lights are illuminating David Richards’ home in Forrest, smashing the world record for the most lights on a residential property.

Folklaw dreads to think what Richards’ electricity bill would have been if his energy company wasn’t covering the cost as part of its green energy program.

Richards and his family originally won the title in 2011 with a 331,038-bulb effort. However, in 2012, they were outshone by a New York home that strung up a staggering 346,283 lights.

Not to be outdone, the barrister and his family put in a strong effort this year to trump their American rivals by more than 150,000 lights.

Richards told the Herald Sun that he and his wife Janean and their three kids installed the multicoloured streamers, icicles, candy canes, reindeer and other candescent decorations to raise funds for SIDS & Kids ACT.

“The charity is very close to our heart. We lost a child and SIDS looked after us many years ago,” he said.

The Richards’ last effort raised $78,000 for the charity, but this time they hope to break $100,000.

Anyone can visit the home to see the lights after dark until 26 December at 3 Tennyson Crescent, Forrest. Entry is via a gold coin donation.

Folklaw commends Richards’ record-breaking effort for charity, but we’re not sure we’d fancy living next door to him...

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

ACT barrister is master of illumination
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice, ALA, right-to-die law
Oct 24 2017
‘Right-to-die’ laws would be a relief for terminally ill: ALA
The passage of an assisted dying bill through the lower house of Victorian Parliament has been haile...
Diversity
Oct 24 2017
Diversity top of agenda for future WA Law Society president
The advancement of diversity in the Western Australian legal profession will be one of the key items...
Jetski
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...