“All we are is glorified car mechanics,” said UpTights at Chambers tea today. “Just fixing minor errors caused by solicitors.”
“Except not so glorified,” said TheBusker.
“Yes, I doubt there’d be many mechanics who’d be pleased with the comparison,” said HeadofChambers.
“What’s the problem?” asked OldSmoothie. “Not had any trials of late?”
“I should be so lucky,” said UpTights. “Everything in sight just settles at the moment.”
“Do you think solicitors are just becoming more reasonable?” said TheCreep.
“Not in the slightest,” said UpTights. “Just more desperate not to risk their entitlement to costs.”
“Nice to hear that the client’s interests are continuing to prevail,” said BusyBody.
“Oh, it’s all self-justified on the basis that they don’t want to risk the client having to pay any costs,” said UpTights, “but with my solicitors I know full well that what they’re really worried about is getting something back themselves.”
“Serves you right for encouraging instructions from the likes of SlipperySlope’s firm,” said OldSmoothie.
“Well, even despite the odd bad egg, it’s still hard times at the moment,” said OldRuin, “what with the referral fee ban and fixed costs.”
“Not to mention the fact that there are big firms hovering and just waiting to gobble you up,” said UpTights.
“I quite like the idea of the law being the engine chugging away quietly under the bonnet of society,” said OldRuin.
“Or noisily in some people’s cases,” said OldSmoothie looking again at UpTights.
“So if that were the case, what would the ICLR be in those terms?” asked TheBusker.
“I guess it’d be the detailed car manual,” said TheVamp.
“For a top of the range luxury car,” said BusyBody, “with the ICLR online being the modern go to guide for all your mechanical needs.”