Nobody likes lawyers.
Unfortunately, I only discovered this well into my third year of my Law degree.
I uncovered this abhorrence when a relative made a pejorative comment concerning the serpent-like qualities of lawyers. So there I was, an idealistic Law student rubbing up against the reality of prejudice, ignorance and unfortunate truth.
This ill-feeling is universal:
After all: “Let’s give all the lawyers, kill them tonight!” sing the Eagles in Get Over It.
Today, I’ll have them know, I’m no longer a serpentine solicitor, just a worming writer!
People generally hate lawyers because they mean trouble.
Imagine you’re working for a small company. Your office-chair breaks and you tumble backwards, smashing your head on the floor. Now enter them lawyers. You’re suing your company for personal injury. The legal letters start to fly, legal proceedings commence, lots of adjournments and legal gobbledygook a-plenty. All unpleasant stuff.
If you win and the company can’t pay, you could very well make them bankrupt.
Many small sports clubs find it difficult to operate because of this litigious environment. They need insurance to cover it. Sometimes landlords will make this mandatory in their tenancy agreements. It’s sometimes too expensive and clubs can’t afford it, forcing their closure.
This causes job losses, reduced economic activity and closure of sports clubs.
But does it have to be that way?
In New Zealand, the government provides a no-fault compensation scheme.
Fall off your chair and smash your head? The scheme will provide. No need to sue your company and sent them into liquidation. No need for expensive insurance.
Best of all, no need to call them lawyers in!
Why can’t we have this system world-wide?