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A position of trust

Despite what you read in the Daily Mail , lawyers hold a position of trust in society, says Kerry Underwood

19 June 2017

I am in Stavanger in Norway, having just spoken to sixth formers about being a lawyer in England and Wales. It concentrates the mind on the positives, so as the profession is under attack from politicians and the media, here are a few of them.

You can make a real and positive difference to people’s lives. Being a lawyer has been described as guiding clients across the choppy waters of life to safety on the other side. Often those with serious problems will say that they feel so much better for having spoken to someone.

Civilised society depends on law and the rule of law. Without it there is anarchy and chaos. Society collapses. Daily life is based on trust and a large part of that is the ability to enforce a contract or collect a debt.

Lawyers, along with our friends in the press, are a check on the power of government, authority...

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