Professional detachment or just uncaring

“It’s always extremely important to keep a professional distance from your client.” It was TheCreep patronising the Summer holiday mini-pupils once again.
“That applies most particularly to solicitor clients,” said HeadClerk looking at OldSmoothie.
“Don’t tell me he’s just finished another affair with one of chambers’ instructing solicitors,” said BusyBody.
“I really don’t mind what MrOldSmoothie does in his private life,” said HeadClerk, “but I very much mind when it affects all of our business.”
“If this extended mid-life crisis doesn’t come to an end soon,” said UpTights, “there’ll be no more firms of solicitors left for him to lose.”
“You know, it’s one thing keeping a cool head and a professional detachment on your cases,” said HeadofChambers, “but my wife always complains that it then spills over into our marriage. Calls me cold-hearted and clinical.”
“It’s very true,” said TheBusker. “I’m always trying to compartmentalise problems. Seeing them objectively as if they’re not really my own.”
“The problem is that you just can’t wrap up life in a pink ribbon and send it back to your solicitor with an expensive learned opinion attached,” said BusyBody.
“More’s the pity,” said UpTights. “How much easier things would be.”
“Particularly if we could add a bill into the mix as well,” said Teflon.
“Well I happen to think that the world would be a much better place if people did treat life with a bit more distance,” said TheVamp. “More head and less heart if you ask me.”
“I really don’t think it’s possible to have detachment from anything you love,” said OldRuin, “and a world without love…”
“Would be a world run by lawyers?” finished BusyBody.
“In actual fact,” said OldRuin, “whilst I think lawyers like to think they approach everything rationally, I am yet to meet one who doesn’t become far more, er, involved in life in general than they’d like to admit.”
“Which inner conflict I suppose explains OldSmoothie’s philandering,” said UpTights sarcastically.
“Not to mention your own split personality,” he replied.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan whose new novel is Law and Peace. For more information and to read past posts visit Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.


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