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I decided on 101 reasons as I didn’t want to depress the entire legal profession by having 1,001.
Paul Brennan, Lawyer, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review : I’ll have the law on you: The Selected letters of John Fytit

If you are a lover of legal humour, you may already be familiar with Paul Brennan – a Sunshine Coast solicitor and author of books including The Law is An Ass: Make Sure it Doesn't Bite Yours!” and ‘101 reasons to kill all the lawyers’.

His latest book is the first major edition of the works of John Fytit (pronounced ‘Fight it’): a former embittered sole practitioner, the central cartoon character in Law & Disorder cartoons which started in 1992, and now an ‘Agony Ombudsman’ - appointed in 2013 in recognition of his 21 years’ experience in legal misfortunes.

In the book Mr Fytit dishes out practical advice and heartfelt guidance on a wide range of issues including neighbours, car parking spaces, social media, modern partnerships and legal receptionists. There’s also some insights on procrastination – and this book would indeed be the perfect distraction for any lawyer who doesn’t want to dive into the next big nasty file just yet.

It’s some light relief but the insights are spot-on in lampooning all types of legal foibles, pretensions, challenges and frustrations, the cartoons rarely failing to bring a smile to the face.

The best thing about this sort of incisive humour is that the dryness and irony in the jokes successfully illustrate serious and important truths and challenges – in the law, in life, in client communication and in legal careers. There’s a big focus in the book on relationships with adult children and on inheritance for instance, and the interplay of real but humorous personal motivations and genuine practical issues is fascinating.

Funny and informative - I can confidently recommend this book.