Lawyerville

BusyBodyWhy is it that lawyers have to complicate everything?  Today chambers were deciding whether to take up the offer of sponsorship from a book publisher for a seminar day that they are holding in a few weeks time.  Worth all of £250.  But the amount wasn’t going to stop some of the great minds our country has to offer putting in their two penneth.  Or two hundred thousand penneth more like.  ‘Can’t be meddling with the commercial world’, ‘possible conflict of interest’, ‘can’t be seen to be advertisng other products’, ‘unbecoming of the profession’ were all comments which came up.  Then of course there was the issue of the contract itself.  Would it be just for the event itself or would the publisher be able to refer to the sponsorship afterwards?  Would they be able to mention chambers on their website?  What about copyright of the material in the lectures?  The questions were endless and mind-numbing in the extreme.

It’s like in lawyerville there’s no black and white.  No straightforward.  No ‘let’s just get this done’.  It’s all just technicalities, ambiguities and grey areas.  Adding layers of complications onto otherwise simple situations.  As if they inhabit some weird parallel universe where nothing can get done without someone sticking their nose in and complicating it.  It gets to the point where it’s almost hard to imagine how they even manage to get out of bed in the morning without drafting some code of conduct to regulate it.

Or maybe they already have and I just haven’t yet been inducted that deep into their mad little system.

March 22, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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