I read an article in the Metro today on the tube today when coming into work today which gave me food for thought (ok enough of the puns) about how similar butchers are to Solicitors.
The High Street Butcher, the last bastion of quality workmanship in preparing a decent joint – a person who takes pride in his cuts of meat, who lovingly appreciates a quality joint carefully prepped and expertly shaped by his own hands – has been slowly dying on the high street and shoved over unceremoniously, without even a wave goodbye by the monopolistic leviathans of the supermarket chains.
These supermarkets initially processed the meats and plonked them into some ugly plastic white trays (which looked more appetising than the meat itself) and covered them with cling film after allegedly injected the said meats with water to add volume. We still bought these products though didnt we ? I admit that I did.
Then to add insult to injury, the same supermarkets that have almost destroyed the high street butcher shops emulated these high street butchers by giving the impression in a corner of these vast buildings that they were like a local butcher!
Now with the horse meat scandal – these charlatans are losing business in droves and consumers (including turncoats like me) are starting to appreciate the value of the high street butcher and returning to their stores rather more sheepishly, ashamed of our errant ways.
Now, let’s look at the small high street solicitor, educated, proud of his craft, intellectually willing to challenge their opponent and indeed the Executive (of government) all in the name of natural justice, often for a pittance and pretty much always without a thank you.
At the starting line are the Co-Op and their ilk……………soon to attempt to take the work away that we do – no doubt, initially as pre packaged options – minus the cling film – thereafter, when that does not work they will evolve to try to give the impression of being a warm cuddly local high street firm of solicitors in each vast monolithic supermarket (oh the horror of it is too much to bear).
After the first furlong, there will be an equivalent horse meat scandal in the legal world, not unlike TAG or conveyancing farms who could only process the most simple of transactions (bless them), or will writers who dumped their unwanted wills by the bus stop when they went bust .
Then, our less that benevolent clients may come back to us – realising that sometimes the other way is the best way.
I am all for improvements being made to our profession – and there is a lot that needs to improve – but change for change’s sake – no thanks…. I will stick to the high street butcher if you don’t mind but thanks all the same.
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Disclaimer – No animals were harmed during the writing of this article.