Happened upon on the interwebs: a man asking for guidance via social media:
“…you should all know by now that I am not legally trained at all and entirely self taught in the family courts.
I have been approached by a very big local law firm and asked if I would consider taking on their family law caseload as a paralegal. officially, I guess I am already a paralegal but i dont have automatic rights of audience so i would need to get a qualification. they also are very attracted to the fact that I am ready to do my mediation training and consider this to be my natural progression in the practice.
my issue is this… if i take the position, I will then have to take the cases they give me which is inevitably going to lead to me working for skanks. the way i figure it, i can work on them from the inside if i had to. i hate the notion of a bloke suffering at my hand and it would definately cause me some problems. on the other hand, if i dont take the position, [xxxx] solicitors will employ someone that has no scruples at all about caning the living fuck out of some poor bloke. I was given the first 2 cases from their load today and asked if i wanted to take a look at them.
obviously, once i agree to take the cases I cannot excuse myself from a case unless there is a conflict of interest or I will be barred from working in the courts and if i dont like the cases i am given i have no choice but to proceed….
your thoughts please guys. please try and have a serious attempt at answering this issue rather than taking the piss… lol it means a lot to me that i make the right decision, kids happiness depends on it.”
This is the future people.
[By the way I don’t know what he decided to do – or anything about him. And I’m not offering any comment myself, I just thought it highlighted some interesting questions / issues about the legal profession and the reliance upon paralegals for the provision of legal services.]