Author: Dan Foster
I want to talk about the legal profession quickly.
As most lawyers know and students are learning, the law is extremely outdated. For goodness sake, we still refer and use the Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) dated 1861!
But the statutes aren’t the only elements which are outdated…
Many (but, not all) legal practices are run by experienced “professionals” who have been working for well over 30 years. As a result, a great number of law firms across the UK are headed up by individuals extremely ‘set in their ways’ resistant to change and backwards thinking; the majority of whom are unapproachable – and if you do think you’re approachable you need to ask the young trainee who is working their socks-off in the hope that you don’t disrespect or humiliate them one more time today.
I want it to be noted for the record, I have nothing but the upmost respect for what you have achieved. I remember studying my MSc only dreaming of being in your position one day. Unfortunately, your achievements do not give you an automatic right, or any right for that matter, to subject young, enthusiastic, and hard-working professionals who are merely dreaming of emulating your achievements, to degrading, humiliating, bullying, and upsetting treatment.
But it is becoming laughable due to the countless stories I am hearing from young and bright solicitors who have been treated like S*** from older, supposedly more mature Partners and Solicitors. I understand that you have a stressful and tough job; but too many of you are crossing the line and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
P.S. I would like to thank every professional in position of power who are the polar opposite to what I have described above.