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Just a Small Point

Today ClichéClanger my solicitor rang me “just to check a small point” about one of his cases. I always worry when a solicitor says that because it generally means two things. First, it is probably not a small point or they wouldn’t be ringing counsel in the first place. As OldSmoothie’s inverse rule as to sets of papers says: the smaller they come the longer they’ll take.

Second, by “small point” they actually mean, “please will you do this work for free”. I often wonder what my local supermarket would say if I went in and I said: “Hi there. I use you quite a lot despite all the competition around so do you think you could give me this week’s groceries for free please?”

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan. You can buy the latest BabyBarista novel, 'Law and Peace' on Amazon. The cartoons are by Alex Williams, author of The Queen's Counsel Lawyer's Omnibus.