Stress busters

“I’m completely overwhelmed,” said BusyBody today. “I’ve got about ten advices which need doing by tomorrow along with two conferences to prepare.”

“Just call up and beg for more time on the advices,” said TheCreep.

“Or invite your solicitor out for a drink this evening and ‘fess up over a nice glass of wine,” said TheVamp.

“Or maybe call in sick,” suggested Teflon.

“Much easier than that,” said OldSmoothie. “I’d just ask for more information on those advices. That always kicks it into the long grass for another few weeks. Though if you’ve got the time to draft a request for further information to the other side you can even earn as you postpone.”

“Or ring up the solicitor and tell them that this is one of those unusual cases in which a conference with the client is needed before you can advise further,” said HeadofChambers.

“Which again means you can bill out even more fees,” said OldSmoothie.

“As for the conferences,” said HeadofChambers, “their whole point is to get the client to take you through the facts in their own words and then your solicitor to summarise the issues. So why on earth would you prepare in advance beyond making a note of everyone’s name and checking there’s enough coffee and biscuits to go round?”

Er, quite.

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.

September 10, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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