This blog does not offer legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for professional legal advice.
Mark Cannon is my pen name.
I was a practising solicitor since 1974 which includes my two years’ ‘on the job’ training but excludes three and a half years’ studying for a law degree and six months leading to professional examinations.
At the end of October 2013 I ceased to practise but instead shall be an observer and commentator on legal issues which affect the man in the street or (as many judges including Lord Atkin in the celebrated case of Donoghue v. Stevenson  House of Lords called him) ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’.
I was fortunate that when I commenced my career it was possible in a high street practice to be a non-specialist and therefore one could dabble in conveyancing (buying and selling property), probate (dealing with the affairs of someone who has died), drafting wills, matrimonial law (as it was then called, but is now called family law) personal injury law (including road accidents, trips and falls, medical negligence etc), criminal law, consumer law and so on. The job was interesting because one never knew what matters would come into the office and one built up professional relationships with families over many years and built up a wide albeit not expert knowledge.
The days of the generalist practitioner have long gone and specialists are what are now required and indeed, for want of a better phrase, sub-specialists. Whilst specialising is, overall, advantageous to the solicitor and the client it does mean that in many circumstances a lawyer dealing with one matter for a client has to refer the client to someone else in the practise or indeed in another practise for other matters that might arise.
I am sure that much of the ‘fun’ has gone out of practise. Everyone is now so intense. I doubt whether anyone doing their training now would get to trim the privet edge around the office or to give the back yard a good brushing to rid it of green slime, both of which were two of the thrills I got to experience in my first two years.
I intend not only to comment on current legal matters but also to share with my readers some of the hilarious moments that I have enjoyed in my thirty nine years in practise.
The names of people involved and the locations where events have unfolded have in most cases been changed for reasons of confidentiality and to protect the innocent.