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Law firms need to learn from Anna Hazare

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The Anna Hazare movement has swept the nation and rightfully so. His movement has captured the imagination of the people of this country and for the right reasons. The reclusive and oppressed middle class Indian individual has found a conduit to voice his/her opinions. Salute to his movement and all our support for this excellent cause.

 

Now in all the thick of this action and stuck in the cross fire are a bunch of highly sophisticated lawyers who by their legal jargon have pushed the government in a web which even Spider Man will have a tough time to untangle. So what is with lawyers and complications? Lawyers are known to complicate things. Their skill of twisting and turning tend to complicate situations (and more than often legal documents).

 

Example: A layman says “A,B,C D.......”a lawyer would start off like this “A comes before B and C comes after B and then we have C and D which obviously has to come before e and F................”. Phew !!!!!!

 

A lawyer is born with an inherent quality of complicating things and it quite evident from the mass movement in India now. I have failed to understand as to why legal documents are so full of twists and turns like a daily Ekta Kapoor soap. A one line sentence is stretched to an unimaginable extent and then lawyers get on to a fight over these sentences. Why cant you just use the law and draft a plain simple document where everyone understands whats written in it. Someone once told me that lawyers are extremely sharp as far as their revenue flows are concerned. The more you complicate a document the more confused a person gets once he starts reading it and then he comes back again and pays you an exorbitant amount of money to understand what a lawyer has written and then if there is a dispute you spend double the amount of money and time to prove as to what is written in the document is correct. What a waste.......

 

Coming back to Anna Hazare, I strongly feel that an Anna Hazare is required in every law firm these days. It is the answer to manage the chaos within our law firms today. Modern law firms can take a leaf out of Anna’s life and improve their own state of things. Some of the law firms can cut down on their extravagance and consider running a more simple and organized business. And yes not to forget stop inflating their billing hours and cheat clients in the process. Honesty and integrity is seriously lacking in today’s law firms. Perhaps the esteemed senior partners and partners can consider ditching the beamer or a Merc for one of those small cars. Secondly try to keep your employees happy...they are the end of the day make you who you are. They are sacrificing everything so that you can drive that damn silver Beamer or the Merc and show off to your golf buddies. Let go of your pride and status and try to live a simple life. Your wife can do without that expensive jewellery set and you can stop throwing those stupid weekend parties where you do nothing else but brag as to how you negotiated a deal for your client. You forgot who the hell drafted the whole set of documents for you in the first place while you sat in your chair doing nothing.

 

My message to all those partners and senior partners out there in the law firms: Try keeping things simple not only in your own lives but also in the organization. Make money but serve the society at the same time. Dont sit in the office and stare at the sea from your 17th floor nariman point office..move your ass and serve the down trodden ones who cannot afford a lawyer...you don’t have to wear a suit and a tie everyday to show off how important you are....we are aware of the protocol and how things work...at the end of the day you will only waste your time in the office.......stop complicating things in the hope of earning more money......keep clients happy and they will do your marketing in their own way.........give an opportunity to less fortunate ones in your law firm to work with you...they are the ones who need a platform to show their talent......dont bark like a dog if an associate makes a mistake....teach him /her rather than barking at him/her .....it took Henry Ford innumerable tries to make the perfect car....

 

 

 

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  • Guest
    Tuesday, 23 Aug 11

    True, strongly agree.

  • Vedchetan Patil
    Vedchetan Patil Thursday, 25 Aug 11

    Don't wanna comment about the partners thing..

    But I strongly disagree with ur stand that lawyers unnecessarily complicate things.
    Indeed it is the lacuna in the language, which lawyers or anybody else for tht matter can interpret the same law in many possible ways.. hence amunting to the vagueness of the law, it is precisely for this reason, tht generally the statues are complicated, for it is the statue which will at the end of the day be a precursor to the justice which is ought to be sought in the Courts by the people...

    Well but I must say well written..

    And we jus cannot have plain laws in normal language as u suggest, bcos tht would amount to complex and unwanted interpretations when the matter comes to the court for the application of the law in the right sense.

    And mind u vakilbabu :) whatever we lawyers do we do it for the benefit of the client.

    And I dun understand y a lawyer should charge less fees to his client who is earning in crores. When the whole world is growing rich y shouldnot lawyers, tht wen they play the role of saving lives, of whomsoever it might be, and saving business.

    They have the right to grow rich I am firm about tht.
    Yes they should do social service and lot of lawyers indeed they do too.

  • phasgayavakilbabu
    phasgayavakilbabu Saturday, 27 Aug 11

    @Mr. Vedchetan Patil I am a lawyer myself and I am proud to be a part of this respectable profession. The point of contention is the distinction between today's lawyers and lawyers of the yesteryear.Modern lawyers tend to deviate from the contentious issues with the sole intention of milking the client's.As far as your argument in support of lawyers charging a high fees is concerned, I find it rather amusing. I have absolutely no problem if a lawyer makes money but it should not be at the cost of slowing down the justice delivery system.

  • Guest
    Sunday, 4 Sep 11

    My dear Vakil Babu,

    I understand that you also are caught up somewhere at the 17th floor of the Nariman Point building. It would indeed be plain injustice if you have not been allotted one of those sea-facing awesome rooms where fat-asses like me sit and do nothing but glare at the sun-set. However, let me remind you- Some 4 years ago, I too was sitting at that shit-hole cubicle (where you sit right now) reviewing tonnes and thousands of due-diligence documents. It is after those 10 hard years of service and loyalty that I am now reclining in my super-soft-exotic-jumbo-leather chair ! You too would soon get one if you spend some more time working than writing these sociologically relevant articles. Please leave the burden of society on me now, since I am so outrageously vella !

    Happy working !
    -Partner with that shiny Merc

    PS- I feel like barking at someone. Can you please walk into my office in another 5 mins?

  • phasgayavakilbabu
    phasgayavakilbabu Monday, 5 Sep 11

    @ My dear happy Partner,

    Since you yourself mentioned how fat ass you are do I need to remind how you gained your partner tag. I am reasonably as to how you climbed up the ladder to become a partner and yes hard work had no role to play. We all know how one becomes a partner in a law firm and like everything else in India it happens through manipulation. I can also see how hard working you are with your "fat ass" stuck in that "super-soft-exotic-jumbo-leather chair" and how you are going to serve the society when you are stuck in that "super-soft-exotic-jumbo-leather chair" You are probably bothered about your next bonus and your next vacation abroad. You are not the sorts who will leave his" fat ass" and help someone who desperately needs legal help and who wont be able to pay your fat bills. Get your "fat ass" moving dear partner. And yeah you feel like barking..............do i even need to say it ;)...work hard dear partner.............

  • Guest
    Thursday, 8 Sep 11

    What a skewed view, I feel really sorry I think you need to first get a reality check on how a law firm works. The easy part is your part doing the work. Heck any avereage person can execute, the tougher thing is to make it rain,which falls on the shoulders of your boss. So grow up smell the coffee put your head down do some work and dont look for a easy route to suceed. As for the Barking Partner well he really put his foot in it, can someone ensure he does not now need a rabies shot ;)

  • Guest
    Thursday, 8 Sep 11

    Also as for Anna obviously you were nodding off when they taught the constitution and the concept of due process in your law school

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