Lawyers. They make your skin crawl, right? Bunch of narcissistic, self-absorbed, money-hungry leeches.
And judges! They’re even worse! Sitting in their palatial offices cut off from the real world, handing out wrist-slaps and lollies to scumbags.
The legal profession. Please! An awful, uncaring bunch we can all do without, yeah? No, actually.
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Have you ever taken a case to court? Are you a small business person who has taken a franchisor or a shopping centre landlord to court? Did your lawyers charge you an arm and a leg? Did your legal and court costs spiral out of control?
The sad reality is that the cost of justice is now unaffordable for many people including small businesses. With lawyers charging anything up to $1,000 plus an hour for legal advice, it’s clear that the average consumer or small business simply cannot afford to go to a lawyer, let alone to court.
There is no shortage of stories where a small business person has been hit with tens of thousands or more of legal costs from their own lawyers. Then there is the potential of having to pay for the other side’s legal costs if the small business person loses.
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Every now and then the legal profession loses the plot in their bid to muster an adequate defence for those whose actions are indefensible.
A recent example was a solicitor outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court who said the outlaw motorcycle gang, the dreaded Finks were like “Rotary but with tattoos”.
What made the comment more parlous was that the comment was made at that time of the year when Rotary Clubs run their ‘pride of workmanship’ awards ceremony where hard working unsung heroes of the workplace are honoured.
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