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A festive bonus or a lump of coal?

The days of clients sending Christmas cards to their family solicitor are fast disappearing, so what will lawyers be getting this December, wonders Pippa Allsop

16 December 2014

A close friend of mine, who is a primary school teacher, receives a veritable array of trinkets, gifts and testimonials from her adoring pupils at the end of term in December every year. The presents can be anything from Mars Bars to champagne, but the sentiment is always the same: appreciation.

Now, I wouldn't wish to teach primary school children any more than I would want to stick pins in my eyes; however, I cannot truthfully say that I am not jealous of the recognition she gets for the effort she puts in throughout the year from her clients -sorry, pupils.

When I was growing up my parents had a solicitor. Not even a firm, just one chap who did everything, from wills to conveyancing to providing some complicated advice when a rogue car trader did a disappearing act on my dad's company. He was a regular at their dinner parties, I played with his children and he came to my sister's wedding.

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