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Young lawyers should be avoided

Young lawyers should be avoided

Most law firm websites these days sound very much the same but one particular firm in the UK has a website with a difference. According to Oxfordshire-based family law firm Arnotts, young…

Most law firm websites these days sound very much the same but one particular firm in the UK has a website with a difference.

According to Oxfordshire-based family law firm Arnotts, young lawyers under 30 should be avoided by clients seeking divorce.

As reported by RollOnFriday, the news and views section of Arnotts' website provides some detailed advice to clients about finding the right lawyer to deal with the "pretty upsetting" event of divorce.

Before launching into such advice, the law firm advises clients to first ask themselves whether they really want a divorce.

"Even if your spouse has been absolutely vile and you feel very angry and betrayed, please step back and ask yourself whether you really want to ditch all the good memories and engage in a bloodbath," the website says.

While the lawyers at Arnotts are advanced enough to believe there is "little difference" between a male and female solicitor, they pinpoint "over simplistic" lawyers under 30 as the ones to avoid.

"One category is a young lawyer, probably under 30, who has not been in a serious relationship. These are too likely to over-empathise and overdramatise and not to understand the family dynamic. They are likely to be over simplistic and not to have the understanding necessary for satisfactory negotiations. They may be technically competent - there are exceptions - but unless your case is straightforward you are probably better off with someone a bit older," Arnotts says.

Although Arnotts suggests someone a bit older, they also advise against experienced, older solicitors who appear "excessively aggressive or assertive". "Lawyers of this ilk can couple expertise with jaundice and introduce an entirely unnecessary element of bitterness."

And finally, Arnotts doesn't hold back about paralegals. "I am unhappy about paralegals. You should avoid them."

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