Law Society does the legal profession no favours

The Law Society could have done some good last week.

The Law Society could have put out a press release reassuring people that the legal risks if you decide to be a good neighbour and clear the snow and ice from outside your home are hugely overstated (i.e. the risk is so tiny no-one I’ve asked has yet been able to come up with an example of this actually happening and there are numerous major legal hurdles any such claim would have to overcome).

Or, if it was feeling very cautious about the law, it could have called for the law to be changed – just as it calls for laws to be changed in other cases.

Or, it could have done nothing.

But instead it sent out a press release from its President, Robert Heslett, encouraging people who fall over in the snow or ice or have a car accident to contact a lawyer to see about suing someone.

Oh dear.

Let’s hope improving the reputation of the legal profession isn’t one of the the Law Society’s objectives.

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7 Comments

  • Andrew Suffield 11th Jan '10 - 9:15am

    Somehow, I suspect their objective is to maximise the income of lawyers.

  • What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

    A good start

  • @Focusman

    Not enough?

  • No defender of lawyers me, but surely such a loquacious profession might be able to advocate their own case here?!!

  • Chris Keating 11th Jan '10 - 10:34am

    Next, the Law Society will be suing their PR manager for failing to stop them from saying anything that stupid.

  • Malcolm Todd 11th Jan '10 - 12:36pm

    “Next, the Law Society will be suing their PR manager for failing to stop them from saying anything that stupid.” 😆

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