Tulkinghorn admits that the relationship between lawyer and client can be a complex one. The law firm is often at pains to spell everything out clearly, but in such a way as not to offend the client.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has missed this delicate balance with its meeting room notepads.
The word ‘notepad’ appears in the top left corner, as if you were not already aware of what it was. A small footnote at the bottom tells you what a notepad is for: “recorded notes of our meeting”.
Tulkinghorn was surprised to see ‘table’ and ‘pen’ left completely unexplained. If BLP’s clients really need this level of assistance, then legal problems are the least of their worries.