It’s amusing to see that the Law Society is actually trying to support the profession’s opposition to Carter’s ‘reforms’, the latest assault on legal aid. About bloody time. Why the hell they’ve been sitting on their arses in Chancery Lane for the last 20 years, I don’t know. Probably because no one there has ever sullied their hands with legal aid work.
On my way in to work this morning I was ‘cut up’ by a young pony-tailed woman driving an old red Ford Fiesta. As she was in front of me I speculated whether her view of me was obscured by the pink furry dice hanging from her rear view mirror. I’m sure that this must be a good metaphor for useless modern ideas getting in the way of what is really important, but I’m damned if I can find it…
Some of the pleasures of Lexcel accreditation:
1. Having some fuckwit who’s never done your job (and probably never could) tell you what to do.
2. Reviewing colleagues’ files every month, despite the fact that they work in another department and you therefore have little knowledge of the legal issues involved in their matters.
3. Annual appraisals – a complete waste of time – agree targets that are either unattainable, or are what you will achieve anyway, because you will simply do the best you can, as always.
4. Being prevented by bureaucracy and paperwork from doing the job that you were actually trained to do, and that your clients are paying you to do.