Year 4, week 17: Fat cats getting fatter

Much chatter at chambers tea today about the Jackson review on costs.
“I have to say that 2010 is shaping up rather well,” said OldSmoothie. “Solicitors not being forced to pay referral fees will mean that they’ll have more money to spend on us.”
“Then there’s all this contingency stuff and nonsense,” said HeadofChambers. “I must say, for something which claims to be trying to cut costs, it’s rather a good deal letting us finally get our hands on a chunk of the damages.”
“Class actions and Lear Jets I shouldn’t wonder,” chuckled TheBusker. “John Grisham eat your heart out.”
“Taking away with one hand and then giving back twice with the other,” said HeadofChambers.
“Offering up bread only for it to come back buttered,” said OldSmoothie.
“More like fat cats getting fatter,” said BusyBody looking at OldSmoothie.
“If you must, young one,” said OldSmoothie in a surprisingly jolly mood. “Indeed, in that sense I will be very happy to be getting fatter.” He patted his stomach theatrically and then his wallet. “Yes very fat indeed.”
“I always knew that the so-called age of austerity wouldn’t apply to lawyers,” said HeadofChambers.
“Very sensible to have had a lawyer doing the review as well,” said OldSmoothie.
“No one better qualified to understand the issues,” said HeadofChambers.
“Indeed so,” said the smooth one.

January 21, 2010 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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