Throughout the past three centuries no profession has copped more ridicule and cynicism than law.
In our Wellington offices, I have a set of six comic Daumier prints, circa 170 years old, ridiculing French lawyers.
One shows a courtroom scene with a lawyer pointing at his plainly villainous client in the box and saying, “As your Honour can see, my client is a fine upstanding citizen”.
Well here’s one for the profession. A very successful close friend, a lawyer in an Asian nation, wrote to me recently, saying “I learnt very early on that our clients rarely tell the truth”. She has a practice covering the full gambit of legal work.
It would be interesting to know how many of our legal practitioners share her sentiments.