Legal blots

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Apparently, young lawyers are facing an unsettled future thanks to the global recession and the views of two academics who predict a “radically changed legal landscape with revolutionised methods of delivering legal ­services, bearing little resemblance to the past” (Law and legal affairs, 23 September).

To date, the “methods of delivering legal services” have been shaped by the natural habitat of the elite wing of Scotland’s legal fraternity: lush pomposity, verdant ineptitude, tropical delusions, fertile blunders, arid opinions, quicksand thinking, blighted judgments, monsoon arrogance, barren rhetoric, exotic incompetence, heatwave bluster, flash-flood fees, parched preparation, weedy advocacy and storm clouds of petulant pique whenever a client displays signs of ­deficient deference amounting to contempt of such eminent persons.

Those clients who have experienced and, therefore, cherished that “method of delivering legal services”, can hardly wait for the emergence of a “radically changed legal landscape” that “bears no resemblance” whatsoever to the existing one – thereby paving the way for the creation of a legal system that is accountable, affordable and accessible to those it should exist to serve.

Thomas Crooks

Edinburgh