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22 September 2009

I like to think of myself as a pretty straightforward, straight-talking person. For example, if someone doesn’t like me, then that’s okay but I’d rather they didn’t pretend they do.

I tend also, rightly or wrongly, to start by assuming that most other people are similarly transparent, or at least that not everyone is out to get everybody else. My husband describes this as living in ‘Catherine world’, a dreamlike state very far away from reality.

So it was something of a revelation to attend a meeting recently with a gentleman who declined to sit in the indicated chair as he viewed the meeting as a poker game (his words, not mine) and that he would be disadvantaged if he sat with his back to the doors. Really? Are there still lawyers out there who actively engage in silent tactical manoeuvres? I have heard many a tale of the opposition being placed in poky, dimly lit and overly warm meeting rooms during mediations, without delicious biscuits or even fresh wat...

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