News London firm offers divorce vouchers for Christmas By Catrin Griffiths 16 December 2009 14:54 13 December 2015 17:42 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 16 December 2009 at 15:12 Stuck for a gift for your husband/wife this Christmas? Instead of giving them Jamie Oliver’s ‘Cooking for geezers’ wrapped in years of burning resentment, buy them divorce vouchers. Happy Christmas darling… Reply Link Britomart 16 December 2009 at 15:32 Is this an early April’s Fool? Reply Link Pucka 16 December 2009 at 16:19 No, Anonymous really is suggesting the vouchers instead of the Jamie Oliver book, I think. Reply Link Firenbrimstone 16 December 2009 at 16:38 Ha! Finally it outs…Divorce lawyers have long tried to con the public that they are some maligned species of angel, helping unhappy couples to a mutually-agreeable solution…whereas, as practically anyone who has been through a ‘normal’ divorce (ie one not involving squillions, where a bill the size of a planet is disguised in a ‘win’ of millions) knows only too well, divorce lawyers delight in squeezing every last penny out of both parties, stoking personal anguish to achieve greater billable hours. They have no incentive but to make divorce as bitter, lengthy and arduous as possible. Lloyd Platt’s witless publicity stunt has indeed bought her publicity, but let’s hope the next time she ‘graces’ the couch on BBC Breakfast blathering about mediation, some clever spark will remind her of this odious scheme. Reply Link Rural bliss 16 December 2009 at 16:50 This stinks. It’s not even funny, just a desperately sad and sordid publicity stunt. Reply Link Anonymous 16 December 2009 at 17:07 Check the website – enough said. Reply Link Dayglo Dave 16 December 2009 at 17:09 Cheap stunt. A quick look at the website confirms this. Big on trashy self-publicity. Very short on class. Reply Link PreesR 16 December 2009 at 19:15 Christmas is probably the right time to hand them out , just when the stress factor is at 99 on Christmas Day but the vouchers should come with72 cooling off period, also are refunds available just in case , you know the marraige for unforessen reasons is patched up .. ? seriously How tacky can you get ? I’d sooner pick potatoes . I don’t think solictors know anything about marketing, frankly Reply Link Ashley Balls 16 December 2009 at 20:35 A stunt – yes. But a quick squizz at the site reveals some quite horrible statistics in terms of fee earner to support staff ratios. More work (or fewer support) appear to be essential. Reply Link Samuel Pink 17 December 2009 at 05:07 I wonder if Loud Pratt will regret “some have commented that this is a ‘blinder’ of a present and very different from the normal electronic gadgets they were envisaging”, Apart from being so desperately try-hard to use ‘blinder’, even in a quote, Loud Pratt might consider that Wilde’s view that ‘not being talked about is the only thing worse than being talked about’ is not necessarily true, luv. Own goal? I think so. Reply Link Anonymous 17 December 2009 at 11:22 Just because some clients, or friends of clients, say it is a good idea does not mean it should be taken up; has the firm not heard of risk assessments and reputational damage? There is nothing wrong in trying to find new novel ways of attracting clients but this is going too far! This has done nothing for the firm’s reputation or that of the profession as a whole! Reply Link Anonymous 17 December 2009 at 12:50 what a nice christmas thought. in most divorces there are children involved, maybe she would like to see their faces light up when the parent receives such an unpleasant gift! Vanessa must be a delightful person….not Reply Link Carl Conrad 17 December 2009 at 13:39 Self-publicity of this sort is despicable. It trivialises what is a very serious issue in modern society. As a divorce practitioner I am ashamed to be a member of the same profession as a lawyer who dscribes this as “a blinder”. I rather think that her firm has probabl too little work – and who can wonder why? Reply Link Eamon Holmes 17 December 2009 at 14:04 You have to admire the way that this GMTV bumming attention-seeker has become the most famous divorce lawyer in the country, but as with Jordan, Simon Cowell et al; I wish the media would just ignore these sycophants. What next? A 25% loyalty discount off the next divorce fee?? Reply Link Olive McCarthy 17 December 2009 at 15:04 I am a family lawyer and I use that term rather than divorce lawyer; Christmas and New Year are extremely difficult times for people going through the painful decision of whether or not to separate coupled with the resultant impact on any children, these periods remains the source of greatest turmoil, the suggestion of vouchers may for some clients appear to trivialise these situations. I am sure that most family lawyers would agree that whilst we can not in most cases aid the repair of relationships, we would not wish to belittle those very real difficult situations by suggesting that the service we provide is tantamount to a pleasurable activity that is normally associated with the purchase and gift of vouchers. That said, I guess it is entirely the perogative of a client whether or not to use that facility. Reply Link Anonymous 17 December 2009 at 16:45 This gives those of us who work in family law a bad name. Some of us just want to help people through one of the most difficult times in their lives with the least amount of stress and expense. Anyone with half a brain will tell you it is actually about removing the emotion from the situation and striving for an objective viewpoint. How very foolish to trivialise the nature of Divorce, I certainly hope this backfires on the offending firm horribly. Reply Link Anonymous 18 December 2009 at 09:58 I think this is sailing very close to issues arising from Code of Conduct. Does this risk bringing the profession into disrepute? And who is the client? The voucher purchaser who then gives it to their spouse (and what a vile and violent gesture that is on Christmas morning) or a friend who is perhaps bored of hearing about the difficulties that the donee is having? Or is the client the voucher user? If someone comes in with a voucher, are they under a degree of duress? I’m glad to see other commentators here feel the same about this. It is like Brookman all over again. Reply Link Anonymous 18 December 2009 at 10:26 I can bet my last dime Vanessa Lloyd Platt is not married; if she is then she definitely is not happy in her marriage. Otherwise I do not see how a womanly woman (never mind a manly one) would advocate divorce is such a blase manner. Vanessa Lloyd Platt , watch what you are sowing for yourself there! Reply Link Andy Hanselman 18 December 2009 at 16:03 A poor attempt to get publicity I feel. I think it appears to say a lot about the Firm that they thought this a ‘good idea’. Compare this to B&Q’s approach to ‘gift vouchers’ – very different industries I know, but trying to be ‘Dramatically and Demonstrably Different’ is a powerful way to ‘stand out’. You can stand out ‘positively’ or ‘negatively’ – these guys seem to have chosen the latter way of doing it. I feel It undermines their ‘professionalism’. Still, it gave me something to blog about! http://www.andyhansleman.com Reply Link James Stewart 18 December 2009 at 23:29 Vanessa has once again brought some festive cheer to the Lawyer and its readers. Those of you who have chosen to decry this unique and valuable contribution to the legal funding debate should perhaps seek solace in one of her recipes, all of which are available on the Llpyd Platt website http://bit.ly/5hbSfx. I would suggest ‘chocolate mousse with love”. As Vanessa says “After the meal he will not be able to resist your chocolate mousse. It certainly has worked for a number of clients!” I hope that her divorce vouchers work just as well. Reply Link Howey Feltersnatch 20 December 2009 at 18:08 True, their website look very cheap indeed. No class. This is shameless publicity Reply Link MarketingGirl 21 December 2009 at 12:27 This is hilarious. What planet is she on?! The website is paritcularly shoddy. And she’s sending very mixed messages – divorce vouchers on one hand, recipes to keep your marriage together on the other. My particular fave: http://www.divorcesolicitors.com/downloads/lloyd_platt_recipe_no1.pdf Brilliant. Reply Link Sue Stapely 6 January 2010 at 12:57 There seem to be no depths Ms Lloyd-Platt won’t plumb, and she’s tried quite a few in her time. But thankfully most sensible clients will continue to seek out more sensitive family law advisers whose practices are not in such difficulties that they must descend to such flakey tactics. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.