Dating lawyer pros cons
Earlier this year bogus barrister Andre John-Salakov was found guilty of trying to swindle the National Lottery and other groups out of more than u10m.John-Salakov posed as a barrister and approached numerous local authorities and charities for loans in order to set up a free advice and advocacy service.A number of things about the letter from solicitors Park Fallon & Co struck Michael Horwood, senior partner with Sidmouth firm Ford Simey Dowe Roberts, as strange.For a start, it concerned an unusual case involving the disputed ownership of a rare film documenting the life of Charlie Chaplin which was up for sale at Christie’s.Obviously news of his practice’s status had not trickled through to the profession and, he thinks, his firm was still in some directories.The case might be unusual Chalmers Park was the first Law Society prosecution for 10 years but how many other bogus lawyers are there in business?“I’ve turned down former clients who come to me and ask if I can sort out their divorce,” he says.But then one day, an old family friend came to him for some advice over the Chaplin film and, working pro bono, he “mistakenly” used his old notepaper.
Chalmers Park recalls one afternoon last year when a barrister from a London set turned up to tout for work it took him more than an hour to convince counsel that he was wasting his time.(The Law Society says Chalmers Park was given a warning about the note paper in 1993.) Few would claim that Chalmers Park represents a major threat to the legal profession, but his case highlights some important issues with potentially much more significant consequences for the profession.