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26 August, 2009  
Open a vein

Allowing thoughts to fester is bad for bodily and mental health … Here’s an opportunity to get healthy

imageSo many readers contributed to Fire Away that we’ve decided it’s essential to reopen the comment box to fresh musings and traumas.

No insult or neglect is too slight to be ignored.

This doesn’t have to be law firm specific … There are other terrains that could do with some fertilisation.

Feel free to sprinkle it around …

You’ll be anonymous … unless you choose to add your name.


Reader Comments

Posted by: Anonymous
Date: August 25, 2009, 10:59 pm

Oh my! I note from the IRC listings that Moray and Agnew are at it again - another unfair dismissal. When will their management team (for lack of a better term) ever learn that staff are in fact an asset NOT a disposable commodity that can be dismissed at the whim of a pitbull. Suggestions: A management development program (if it is not past the stage where learning is possible)or even, inject new blood into the organisation. The possibilities could be endless - motivated, loyal, dedicated staff. Dream on!!!
Posted by: Anonymous
Date: August 25, 2009, 11:06 pm

The ACT Magisterial jockeying is not quite as reported [see Goings On] - 2 positions, including that of the Chief Magistrate when Big Ron retires in December, and only 60 applications received for the Magistrates position and 25 for Chief. Still - a lot for a minuscule jurisdiction. Other scandal abounds - a leader of a political party was given a luscious quasi judical post at more than twice his salary ($250,000 in fact) to rack off and let the Stanhope government win the last election unimpeded and has since fallen into disgrace and come before the court as a defendant in an assault matter. He desperately tried to enter a plea of guilty on the first morning after arrest (having blabbed comprehensively to Plod in a taped record of interview in one version of events) and then again 3 days later but the plea was refused because by then he'd come up with another version which discloses a defence. He now is a dead weight on the Tribunal because he can't really do anything until the matter is resolved. It is particularly galling that this fellow - who used to be a prosecutor - made his name on law'n'order and wanted all offenders to be sent to the gallows. This is the same government that appointed the Chief Minister's best man a magistrate when there wasn't even a vacancy. Why none of this makes headlines in the local rag is a wonder - but that's Canberra for you.
Posted by: Anonymous
Date: August 26, 2009, 8:51 pm

I think there's a "do not publish" order out on the case
Posted by: Anonymous
Date: September 3, 2009, 3:50 am

Most HR types of my acquaintance are unproductive anally retentive cretins whose continued survival in tough economic times seems largely due to their only undoubted "expertise" as corporate knife merchants. Retaining otherwise productive professional staff ought to be a priority but not to these venal automatons whose only response to business downturns is slash and burn. Oxygen thieves the lot of them.
Posted by: Anonymous
Date: September 23, 2009, 7:59 pm

Aargh, what possesses one to be a lawyer? I've worked at boutique, mid tier commercial and specialist crim firm, now on my move I made...still loved the life of mid tier and long hours whilst it was there. Yes it was tyranny at its best, long hours (billable of course) and when the senior partners were found was those in the 3-5 year bracket who copped the blame! Give them nothing and take them nowhere I say, it's an evil self serving profession, but hey I'm still there! Luv the Law!