The law is far too important to be left to lawyers

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  • Louise, ouch! Perhaps a slightly sweeping statement about the 11,500 barristers in private practice? Otherwise an excellent article, most of which I agree with. Many will not "get" what Stephen Mayson is talking about, but I do. Yours non-arrogantly, and trustingly.

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  • "The law is far too important to be left to lawyers."
    Brilliant, easily my favourite quote of the week. Good work.

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  • And this is exactly why we keep our support staff in a cellar and deprive them of light.

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  • I started reading this agreeing with a lot of what Louise has to say. Once I got to the 3rd last paragraph I realised that this article was a plug on the QualitySolicitors blog: don't use stuffy solicitors who don't value their business services staff! Use QualitySolicitors instead!!
    But I guess if anyone reading this article changes their view of comms folk, two birds, one stone...

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  • Louise,
    As you know, your post really struck a chord with me, as a 'veteran' barristers' clerk. I'm unlikely therefore to be the most likely source of mitigation on behalf of m'learned friends. I do however have some thoughts along those lines.
    It could be argued that professional arrogance is a necessary by-product of the process involved in becoming a successful lawyer. If, as I suspect, the legal education process places huge emphasis on professional values, the importance of legal practice and striving to excel, then perhaps an ethos of arrogance is inevitable.
    I would draw the unlikely comparison with the Manchester United football team. Their players always seem to be to be arrogant and particularly ill-tempered when faced with losing. This is possibly because they have instilled within them an ethos of winning and refusing to accept defeat, but this is what sets them apart and makes them so successful.
    This is not an excuse, because I believe each individual should be capable of transcending such influences but it can perhaps be regarded as mitigation, if you look from the viewpoint that few people are inherently unreasonable or arrogant, but a product of external factors.
    In the meantime, I am prepared to tolerate professional arrogance while I am paid to do so and as long as I can read posts like this to help me retain my sanity.
    Best wishes, Jeremy

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  • I wonder how many others find looking in the mirror a little painful, perhaps it goes with the territory of getting older, however there is no getting away from the fact that the mirror is remarkably truthful, that's why it hurts

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