Jean-Yves Gilg discovers that life in the South-west can be as fast paced as in London but that business can be tough as a rural community lawyer

Within a few seconds, Joanna Clarke, former president of the Bristol Law Society , brushes aside the stereotypes about working outside London. “People talk about the quality of life in Bristol compared with London, which is largely true, but you do work just as hard,” she says. “London lawyers come with misconceptions that they will have a nice
9-to-5 job, but corporate life is pretty much the same, it’s just that you don’t have to stay in the office until midnight every day.”

Clarke stresses that the area has caught up with London in terms of standard of living; house prices, in particular, come as a shock to those dreaming of an affordable rural escape.

But this is not to say that the South-west as a whole is just li...

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