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Viva la revolution

Law firms need a radical change in how they motivate staff, claims David Coldrick

10 February 2012

The Slovenian Marxist philosopher Slavoj Zisek, who is especially famous among ‘occupiers’ around the world, suggests that there is a new variant bourgeoisie developing – and suffering (The Revolt of the Salaried Bourgeoisie, London Review of Books, 26 January 2012). This is relevant because lawyers, all bar the aristocrats in our number, have been defined as members of that class since ?the Germanic sage himself sat in the reading room of the British Library back in the mid-19th century, stroking his bourgeois beard and smoking his bourgeois Havanas.

Zisek’s assertion caught my attention because, if true – and you don’t need to be a Marxist to take this particular rain check – it adds extra urgency to my suggestion that motivation is a key issue for the owners and managers of law firms right now.

Dying breed

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