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Off on the right foot

2012 will be a challenge for the justice system – but the outcome of the Stephen Lawrence case is a good start to the year, says Felix

30 January 2012

Ordinarily I do not get very excited about the arrival of a new year. In law firms the run up to Christmas and New Year provokes undue stress and anxiety. Suddenly everything has to be signed off, documents must be settled and advice must be turned around ‘by the New Year’ – which means that everyone is working frantically towards a deadline that is in fact meaningless; just one of those things – like spring cleaning before going on holiday so that it is all lovely when you come home – that is totally arbitrary.

Christmas does not last long really, yet to the managers and so on it appears as some sort of Gobi Desert in terms of inactivity and loss of momentum. So everyone is busting themselves and trying to do the office party thing and the client lunch thing and the whole point of Christmas is – as usual – lost and gone in the midst of chargeable hours and email problem transference (you know, send someone an email and somehow you are covered and your problem b...

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