21.2.07

Day 99 (week 21): No respect

My blog seems to have attracted some publicity in the last couple of days. I particularly enjoyed one of the comments which came from an American laywer in response to my post about the curious situation that leaves fatal accidents costing insurers a lot less than near fatal ones. It said, “That's why we have the wrongful death statute over here. Otherwise, good incentive to just back up the lorry, have another go, and finish off the bloke.” Comforting to know.

Anyway, with all this interest, I’ve had to go through the blog and have now changed sufficient details to keep this anonymous. Thankfully, there’s absolutely no hope of the Boss ever spotting it as he’s completely computer illiterate. He even refuses to use email as a matter of “high” principle. Gets the clerks to print out any emails he receives. Any that need a reply, he dictates into the form of a letter which he then sends snail mail to his typist. Thinks he is making a “principled” stand against modernity whereas it’s just another outlet for his snobbery. Though he sometimes pretends not to understand what it is, at other times, he blames email for a lowering of the standards of literacy and communication. Refuses to demean himself to “the lowest common denominator”. In fact, the idea of a breakdown in society generally has been bothering him rather a lot of late. Blames it for much of his difficulties in fact.

“Things are far too accountable these days.” [Meaning: “How dare they question my word, even if it was a lie.”]

“People have no respect.” [Meaning: “Whatever I’ve done wrong, people should still know their place.”]

“What right do solicitors have to be questioning a barrister in such a way?” [Meaning: “What happened to good, old-fashioned deference and for good measure, immunity from suit.”]

9 comments:

James Baker said...

Your pupilmaster is in trouble.

BabyBarista said...

You don't say.

david giacalone said...

dear BabyB: Looks like you're getting a lot of attention from the USA sector of the blawgiverse. Could you help us by explaining aspects of the UK system that are mentioned in this weblog but are unfamiliar to Americans? For example, just what does a pupilmaster do and is such pupilage a required part of your training and credentials?

Over here, we just go to law school and pass the bar exam (plus the good-character review) and are allowed to handle any matter a client hands us (despite being infamously unprepared to practice law. We fought that Revolution to get rid of all those layers of lawyers (not to mention titles and rank).

owen said...

i love your icon - it looks like a dalek! i'm a solicitor in the uk but with many friends who are barristers. good to see some of the nonsense that goes on getting an airing!

Joker The Lurcher said...

love your icon - looks like a dalek. i'm a solicitor in the uk (for the readers in the u.s. its a different sort of solicitor to the ones you have over there!) i have a lot of friends who are barristers - its good to see some of the nonsense that goes on getting an airing!

Joker The Lurcher said...

sorry - posted that first while my son was logged in by mistake! owen is not a lawyer as he is only 12...

Anonymous said...

I think I can work out who you are. Are your real initials 'PL'?

Anonymous said...

Just keep up the good work. I really like your blogg...I have only just discovered it.

The anti technology stance of the boss - is counter productive. The bar needs to move with the times. I forsee the day when the major law firms will be swallowed up by the Big 4 accountancy firms - (who really are proactive in every area)...and then the bar will be swallowed up later.

ScandalLover said...

This is so much better than Rumpole, since it's clearly all true, or very closely based on truth. I'm logging on every day with baited breath.

I'm a lawyer and I'm quite convinced I recognise half the characters!! Mr Pupil - please tell us who everyone is????