Volume 8, Issue 3
Hey guys, the Reasonable Man here. Just thought I’d write in to keep you up-to-date with my life in the Common Law, where I’ve been in a bit of hot water in WA’s State Administrative Tribunal.
Now, you know I love the law. And last week I loved being a lawyer at Ashurst.
I also love my fiancée who, last week, was a lawyer at DLA Piper.
So what could be more romantic for a lawyer than agreeing to do your fiancée’s legal work for her? It’s a match made in heaven.
Just imagine the scene: we’re sitting at the dinner table, my sweetie and I, gazing into one another’s eyes. She leans across the table, and whispers in my ear, “darling... what I really feel is missing from our relationship is a serious breach of your professional ethics. And you know what, I’m just a bit lazy, and not very good at my job, so would you mind just doing my legal work for me?”
She made a persuasive argument.
All that was needed to spice up our sex life was some confidential and privileged documents from DLA Piper…which I then palmed off to some junior Ashurst staff anyway, because ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’.
And while I was busy violating the confidentiality of my sweetheart’s clients, I also just figured, “you know what, we just got engaged, and printing and mailing out invitations is expensive. Imma just do it at work… being a lawyer, bebeh!”
So I did that too.
If that doesn’t prove to you just how much I love my fiancée, perhaps what follows will. I pay attention to her: you know, the things she says and does. And I notice that she doesn’t say and do things like a lawyer. She’s just not very good at it, hence the conundrum that we’re presently in.
And I watch a lot of Suits, and notice that pretty much everyone on that show uses black Uniball deluxe fine-tips. And, well, there were a few of them just lying around, unused (in the Ashurst stationary cupboard). So I swiped a few for her… and some Post-it notes… and some paperclips. I was just a little hard pressed for a birthday present, okay?
And I think it was pretty thoughtful of me.
David Allinson is a second-year JD student.