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Fashion victim

Russell Conway ponders the pitfalls of legal fashion

13 April 2010

Everyone wants to look cute when they get divorced. When I used to go to court many years ago for my clients’ decree nisi of divorce to be pronounced it always astonished me how clients would dress up for the event. Men would invariably wear their smartest suit and tie and women would wear their best frocks and heels. Was this to show their soon-to-be former partner what they were losing?

These days of course nobody bothers to attend the death knell of their marriage and the decree nisi is usually pronounced in the client’s absence. Nevertheless, financial hearings still allow the clients to strut their stuff and even arguments over residence and contact can result in opposing factions dressing up for the day.

Clients before a trial will often ask the question: “What shall I wear?” Us lawyers forget that we know what to wear in court, but clients may never have been in a courtroom before and they do not know what appropriate attire is. Clients want to know wheth...

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