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Summer nights

Disclosing what you do as a solicitor on social occasions either leads to grisly tales from practice or requests for free legal advice, says Kate Davies

28 June 2014

Summer party season is upon us and rarely do I wish more that I was a lion tamer, party planner, astronaut or even an accountant (other than during the Christmas party season perhaps). Anything that provokes a better response than the one I usually receive when in answer to the question: “What is your job?”
I say that I am private
client solicitor.

An alarming number of people seem to be embroiled in a boundary dispute with their neighbour, which I have no professional experience of and can give no helpful advice about. Nor can I help with redundancies, disputes with high street retailers or unreliable builders. These are all issues which, if I came across them during the working day, I would immediately pick up the telephone to a colleague in another department.

I should be used to the scenario. After all...

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