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Hello to everyone from the Law Society


What Price JusticeHaving come home to find a huge spike in traffic direct to the blog, I was initially startled to find that the Law Society Professional Update newsletter email had linked to a couple of my posts on the ‘What Price Justice?’ campaign.

Whilst I am naturally grateful for the link, I feel duty bound by pedantry to point out that in introducing four links, two of which are mine, thusly:

Several practitioners have launched their own web log to publish their thoughts on the issue, and invite comment.

the Law Society has manage to cram two factual errors into one not very long sentence.

I am not a qualified practioner, just a paralegal (still). I did not launch this weblog to publish my thoughts on the issue. In fact, the only bit of that sentence that is true is that I invite comment. Well done Law Society people, top work.

I’m moderately impressed that someone at the Law Society thought to check blogs (although all they did was a Technorati search on ‘what price justice’ – I’ve checked the logs). I’m less impressed that they didn’t actually read the ‘legal aid’ category of this blog, just went for the posts that showed up in Technorati – which is where the other two posts listed from myspace type sites also feature.

A little more imagination – a search on ‘legal aid’, for instance, would likely have given rather more impressive results, particularly if the Law Society were wanting to illustrate a grassroots campaign. [Correction, I’ve just tried a search on Legal Aid, as Technorati was down earlier, and it is not a helpful search at all. Sorry. But the principle stands. Try a seach for ‘legal aid’ on blawgle, for instance]

Still, this is definitely the first time I have featured in the same email as Kofi Annan, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and Redemption Statements.

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


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