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Paul Brennan, Lawyer, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Lawyer conditions

Dear John,

My lawyer is full of himself. He is not so bad when I see him on his own in his office, but when we are at meetings with others, especially lawyers, he becomes quite unbearable. Should I tell him?

Dear EC,

Some lawyers do have a lot to feel smug about. It is just that most of them are exceptionally good at hiding it.

I find lawyers with a slightly regal presence, male or female, can add to the occasion of any meeting. If you have seen Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, you will know the sort of thing I mean.

However, lawyers with a pained expression and whiny tone are hard to bear. When I get to that stage, I intend to seek help.

You can tell your lawyer, but it sounds as if he may have developed Attention Pained Rectal Attorney Trauma ("APRAT") for which the most effective course is an intervention by his own partners. Some firms set aside every Monday for such interventions, so it may just be a matter of booking him in.

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