NATIONAL PRO OH NO! WEEK!
Yes, it is that time of year again – National Nick What You Want Week, aka National Pro Bono Week.
This year everyone is working for free! It is not just solicitors expected to work for nothing.
Best not to try these until confirmed as they are criminal offences:-
Just fill up and drive away!
Get that supermarket trolley as full as you can and proceed straight to your car! Remember to pay 5p for the bags though.
Why buy a ticket? Get on that bus or train and have a free trip!
Just climb over the fence or turnstile. Steal a free programme while you are at it!
The minutes of the National Oh No! Steering Advisory Council Committee Taskforce Thinktank Board show that, unsurprisingly, the following ridiculous – can you believe them?! ideas were rejected:
- Free university education;
- Legal aid;
- Free dental care;
- Free courts;
- Free Employment Tribunals
Meanwhile I set out again an old favourite which is an actual exchange between a person we had had no previous contact with, who surprise surprise, obtained our name from an internet search, and Robert Males, my business partner, who, normally is rather milder mannered that me:-
are you able to provide free legal representation? I am working, however I am not able to afford solicitors fees.
Robert Males’ reply
I thank you for your enquiry.
My firm does not provide free legal representation. If my firm’s bank provides interest free loans, my governing body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, will authorize my firm to practise for free, my firm’s professional indemnity insurance is reduced to nil, my firm’s staff will all work for nothing, if the computer company who I deal with will provide all computers and servicing free of charge and if the stationery business who we deal with will give us all paper and consumables for free and the utilities will provide gas, electricity and water for free then I may be in a position to provide free representation. Until that time I am not.
My firm does however do a considerable amount of free work for charitable institutions including the Royal British Legion and the Lord’s Taverners charity for disadvantaged children as well as making donations to other very good causes.
The only reason that we can do this is because we charge our clients for the very high quality legal advice and work that we do on their behalf.
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