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Tales from practice | Stand and stare

At his local law societys AGM, Richard Barr remembers the days when solicitors could have a leisurely lunch and time recording was a far-off prospect

10 May 2013

They were all sitting on the warm grass under a surprisingly warm bank holiday sun. From time to time one of them passed a comment which was acknowledged by another in a nonchalant way. I did not get their meaning, but it was probably something along the lines of "Nice bit of grass this," or "How is the cud chewing going Erin?"

In one of those eccentric moments that spouses have from time to time, my wife acquired some sheep a few years ago. It seemed faintly logical. There was land for them to graze on. They would be delicious to eat. Their fleeces could be turned into worsted and we would be rich.

But it did not quite work out that way. They all acquired names, and small personalities. It is one thing to buy a shrink wrapped leg of New Zealand lamb from Sainsbury's. It is altogether different to contemplate leg of Erin or Meredith.

So the sheep are destined to live to a ripe old age in complete luxury, sure in the certain knowledge t...

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