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The New Legal Year 2

It cannot be true, however, that they have little or no confidence in their own lawyer; they hired him or her and would not have done so if they positively had no confidence in him or her. In any event it is probably misleading to use the term “confidence” in this context, something many clients would probably recognize intuitively. The emotion felt is probably closer to hope than anything else, or, in the case of very inexperienced clients, expectation. “Confidence” is something based on past experience; most clients have little experience of the legal system. What of a client accused of the offence of dangerous driving? How can his/her emotional state be said to be one of “confidence”, when the most positive outcome may, to the knowledge of the client, be one where public humiliation is attenuated by the lawyer speaking for the client, rather than snatching an acquittal from the situation?

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The New Legal Year 1

Individual wrongdoing by a solicitor or a barrister implies little about any other lawyer. This is clearly the case where the wrongdoing consists of murder or armed robbery or dangerous driving. Even if it consists of mortgage fraud, it implies nothing about other lawyers. (Mortgage fraud may imply something about human nature, but lawyers, as such, are not accountable on that score). Mortgage fraud may indicate the desirability of having mortgage processing systems that will practically eliminate mortgage fraud.

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Mr. Chairman

Presently, the new Chairman of the Bar Council will be known. So what; who cares? To be the Chairman of the Bar Council is to rise to obscurity, excepting the possibility of judicial preferment later, on the strength of its occupation. Yes, indeed, few people care, excepting the candidates and, possibly, their partners. The Bar Council of Ireland makes no reference to the Chairman on its website, unlike the Bar of England and Wales. That website gives at least one […]

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Insufficient Evidence, Evidently

That wheeze, as we now know, also meant the “investorsâ€? no longer knew the details of the mortgagor and whether he/she could make the repayments. That meant that very bad credit risks could be, and were, passed on as “investmentsâ€?, resulting in the US sub-prime mortgage crash.

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Laconic speech

You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city.

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Out To Lunch

Suggestions, please, for the text of an equivalent sign for a lawyer’s office.

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Lawyers

If you are a lawyer, you stand between the abuse of governmental power and the individual.

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Reds, Whites, Blues, Greens

It was a moment of pure (unfair) competition. The parties had struggled for three and a half days and now the judge had leaped into the forensic arena, cuffing the Defendant’s lawyers.

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Solicitors again!

Our profession has been getting a particularly bad press recently all of it deserved. The trouble is erupting even as far away as Los Angeles.

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Michael Lynn

The beneficiary of a professional indemnity policy is the insured professional. His client, on whom the loss may have fallen, has no privity with the insurer and, in Ireland, has no entitlement to seek payment directly from the insurer.

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