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Top of the strops

Rounding off another stellar year is Russell Conway, who scrabbles around for 2011's silver lining so you don't have to

20 December 2010

Just when the legal aid fraternity thinks matters can get no worse, they suddenly become quite impossible – the government’s green paper effectively signals the end of large-scale legal aid practice in England.

But, with Christmas fast approaching, we shouldn’t dwell on the unpleasant and unpalatable, so I’ve thought of ten things which might represent good news in the year to come.

1. Days off over Christmas

Fortunately, Christmas falls on a Saturday this time, so, as my staff have worked particularly hard this year, I am giving them Christmas Eve off. And, as New Year’s Day falls on Monday 3 January, we are shutting the firm for 11 days, giving everybody a well-earned breather.

It is easy to lose sight of the importance of holidays and, in a high-pressured business where the stress of instant communication and other people’s problems can become unbearable, it is more important that ever to get away from it all. I will value th...

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