Posts Tagged ‘ criminal firms ’


SUCKED OFF BY CPS

Written by admin
September 8th, 2019

At a time when it is increasingly hard to persuade newly qualified solicitors to work in the criminal courts and offer their services as duty solicitors on a 24 hour rota basis.  At a time when experienced expert criminal solicitors are refusing to work on the 24 hour duty solicitor rota because they have done it for the last 15, 20, 25 or 30 years and cannot face it anymore. A new wound is opened up in the side of the Defence community.

Over the last three years there has been a steady flow of Defence solicitors to the Crown Prosecution Service.  The CPS offer a working life devoid of out of hours commitments.  There is no need to work in the decrepit and hostile environment of the police stations.  You will not meet with mentally unwell, drug addicted, or angry and antagonistic clients on a day to day basis.  Finally, you will benefit from all of the civil service benefits negotiated over a lengthy period of time by a skilled and experienced set of union negotiators.

21 years on from the last increase in legal aid rates, wages and conditions at the CPS seem increasingly attractive to the employees and Partners of criminal firms.

If Boris Johnson’s increase in policemen on the ground is to be accompanied by an increase in prosecutors to deal with the new prosecutions and arrests that must surely follow, we can expect more and more people to be sucked away from real or potential jobs within the Defence community.  Let’s face it, there are few enough people who want to work in crime overall.  If the Crown are to recruit more from this limited pool, the effect on Defence firms and duty solicitor rotas is likely to be catastrophic.

LOGO OR NO SHOW

Written by admin
October 23rd, 2018

How many firms of lawyers however local or international, could truly say that they have benefited from their notepaper being branded with the firm’s logo?  A pair of Golden Arches, yes!  A glowing Apple with a cheeky little stalk, may be!  Some squiggly lines and piled up letters bearing some relation to the names of three or four long dead partners hardly seems to signify.

In referring or signposting a client, would you really tell them to walk down the street until they saw a particularly prominently branded piece of etching on a High Street window?  Can you imagine saying to a client “oh yes they’re the people with the neon oval with the founder’s face emblazoned on it”?

Equally, how many staff could feel particular loyalty to a squashed yellow and red dot with the firm’s name curling round it?  How many trainees’ chests would swell with pride to know that their firm had sufficiently engaged with the marketing process to arrive with the letterhead that not only contains the firm’s name but also a flaming sword of justice carving its way through the weak-headed Lord Denning?

Most logos are so small that they wouldn’t enable a particular piece of letter heading to be picked out of a pile by its unfortunate recipient at a moment’s notice.  Ironically, rather than a logo, it was the fact that a friend’s firm used recycled paper of a slightly grubby hue that enabled their letters to be picked out for consideration from the bleached baskets of Basildon Bond.

There was a time when firms would brag about the amount they spent of their logos “that red dot costs us £2.5k”.  Well, more fool them and more power to the thrusting young marketing executive who designed it.

At The Johnson Partnership, our quirky little red and blue triangle has served absolutely no purpose for 28 years.  In truth, it cost us damn all and therefore its reward has been entirely consistent with its cost.

It would be possible to talk about a quirkily ironic hint at both the name of the firm and the justices of the peace before whom many of its solicitors appear.  Others might have alluded to the harmonising of the political persuasions of members of the partnership over the years.  A triangle might be thought to be the corporate shield for the modern age.

In truth, it has appeared on letterhead, posters, leaflets, the website, invoices, compliment slips (remember them), email headers, fax headers and goodness knows what else.  Love it or hate it we just can’t in the words of Taylor Swift “shake it off”.

AWARD FOR FRAUDS

Written by admin
August 20th, 2018

In recent years more and more firms of solicitors are claiming to have been awarded batches of excellence of tokens of recognition for the work they do for the people they employ.  Some of these are entirely proper and are well recognised Kitemarks such as the SQM (Specialist Quality Mark) or the Lexcel Accreditation.  Some awards are slightly less transparent!  The “East Midlands Best Advocate”, the “North East Best Practice Manager”, the “Most Go Ahead Medium Sized Firm in the Manchester Area” might all lead to a sceptically raised eyebrow.

The true worth, and may we say voracity of some of the claims made on a number of websites are a matter for a certain amount of speculation.

Who decided?  Who applied?  What is “The North East”?  When was the decision made?  How often is the competition run?  How rigorously monitored is the award process?  Is it all really a load of hogwash or claptrap?  How stupid do we think the public really are?

At The Johnson Partnership we reckon we prefer rewards to awards!  We reckon the best reward that we can have day in day out is a satisfied client and we hope you will agree that’s worth a bucket load of multi-coloured rosettes.

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