There’s a New Kid in Town…!

Dream Team

A warm Allsorts welcome to the most recent addition to the line-up of Usual Suspects – Pamela Austen – a bright and innocent new face in the diminishing crowd that is the happy pack of Legal Beagles. This lady has suddenly appeared on the LB rostrum as the COO of LB, clearly standing next-in-command to CEO and LB co-founder Katherine the Charmer. Having ‘flown a desk’ at Howletts for 12 years, Pam will of courset be an old hand at office politics – and will no doubt be able to deal with those in the office who undoubtedly may feel they have been cuckolded by her recent appointment, and I am sure that she will receive the same support which the LB team has become so well known for displaying toward its other contributors. When she outlives her usefulness, she is also assured of the same gratitude upon her rapid and unceremonious departure.

Legal Beagles is “The Site that Cares,” Pamela – although they quietly dropped that slogan a little while ago when it was presumably becoming an embarrassing exaggeration. As a legal professional, you will be useful, of course – and I would guess that you will give Kate much-needed support after her previous ‘undercover’ COO was finally jettisoned. At least you have the guts to show your face, which is more than could be said for the previous incumbent. As a human being, you might have to make some adjustments to your moral compass however – as you may well lose your way in the twisting Machiavellian corridors of Beagle-Land.

But while there is still hope for your soul, we hope you will – in your capacity as a human being, not as a Beagle – check out the raison d’étre of this assorted group of fellow humans. And then – consider your position as a legal professional. If you still consider it as a good career move, then I guess you are indeed where you are meant to be. Whether we seek the truth or hide from it, we all reap the consequences of our choice. Whatever you do in LBCompare is your conscience’s choice, but we seek the truth here.

We have no profit to make, and nothing to gain, apart from the sense of satisfaction that we have always gained from voluntarily giving assistance to those who need it. Legal Beagles and LBCompare no longer require our freely-given services, but we sincerely believe that many people will continue to suffer losses at the hands of unscrupulous financial and legal advisors – and that you and your colleagues are engaged in an enterprise that will not only profit from that suffering, but will actively encourage the very conditions that cause it. If this is your chosen career path, then please remember that it is a conscious choice which you are making now – and every day that you continue along that path. You will have to live with your conscience – and the consequences of your choice – in all the years to come.

We at Legal Allsorts have no reason to wish you any ill – indeed, we wish you a long and successful career and a full and happy life. We can only suggest that you use your ability to discern the truth by examining the evidence and the facts. You will discover here a version of the truth which is likely to differ greatly from what you have been told thus far. You can ignore it, or you can check it out – but of course you have a professional duty to your own conscience to check it out. Sure – some will say “It’s all water under the bridge – it’s history, let it go – now, onwards and upwards.” – but as I have already cautioned Kate “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” [George Santayana]

A final piece of advice I would offer you is one that I have also reminded Kate of – and one which I am sure she will recall: “If the idea comes to you that you’re going to have a wreck in a truck and someone comes along and offers you a ride in a truck, then do not accept it.” [James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy]

If you feel like you’ve just been ‘Tango’d’ – that’s because you’ve just had a Legal Allsorts welcome !!! The sting will subside – but you won’t forget the slap if you’re alive from the neck up. Welcome to Beagle-Land, Pamela – live long and prosper – and keep a hold of your logic.

10 Comments

  1. Interested Party says:

    Absolutely love the picture, they do say that every picture tells a story don’t they lol.
    Well I would like to welcome Pamela Austen to the hierachy of LB, I have read her bio she seems to be lady that takes her fitness very seriously, well I hope that you are also very well read Pamela because you should look at Dante’s Inferno, ie the deeper in you get the deeper in the s**t you could get and believe me you will need every ounce of fitness to dig yourself back out and into the real world.

  2. revenge says:

    Welcome Pamela to Kates world and hope you are not stepping to much on Shazzas shoes. Cannot understand why she would give up a really good job at HC to take on a job which may or not pay you any money.

    To me the picture looks like a line of ex convicts, it does not look to be a happy photo as Jules is standing away from the crowd and Nick looks thoroughly bored and miserable.

    Us ex LB VIP members worked without pay and got no gratitude and was dumped unceremoniously without being given a chance to
    to fight our corner.

    Good luck Pamela

    • Legaleaglet says:

      Yes, it was rather odd to see someone with so many years experience with a proper firm, jump ship to join a newborn startup. We seem to be inundated with them so-called “tech startups” yet again, that is, companies that use technology to offer a web or app based service and manage to raise capital from investors to cover the cost of advertising and marketing. A lot of people left their jobs as bankers, lawyers, managers, etc. to join these new ventures or start their own, and only a small percentage of them survive today.

      That was a business model that reached fever pitch in 2000, then crash-landed in 2001. 15 years later, we are seeing a re-run of the exact same thing, this time fuelled by mobile fever. No doubt LB compare and LB will soon be launching a mobile app offering instant legal advice and on-the-go referrals. If they don’t do it, I will, anyone out there interested in funding this new startup?

  3. Legaleaglet says:

    This post came as a bit of a surprise to me, I wasn’t expecting to see a proper legal eagle on board. Let’s hope Pam can make a difference and put a more professional slant on the whole operation. So far, the Legal Beagles forum has always been plagued by personality issues and the owners have never been able to put those to one side and concentrate on the bigger picture, which is a real shame as Legal Beagles could have been the best site of its kind if only they had had the vision to look beyond their own little squabbles.

  4. BillK says:

    Well, I guess we can all now howl along to that golden oldie from the Beagles’ (barely legal) tribute band from down California way:-
    “There’s talk on the street; it sounds so familiar.
    Great expectations, everybody’s watching you.”

    Welcome to the kennels, Pamela. You’ll probably be OK once you’ve got the smell of blood in your nostrils and start running with the pack. Just remember to take your eye off the quarry and look over your shoulder regularly – it can help you with your focus.

  5. Interested Party says:

    Oh Pamela, enjoy your time on there because as you become established, have spent a lot of your time helping out, wagging your tail and showing loyalty, one day you will become an ‘older’ beagle you will be discarded on the side of the road for a new puppy.
    When that happens just give us a shout, we’re the virtual version of the Dog’s Trust, we take in all the discarded Beagles and give them a home, a renewed sense of self worth, a new life and of course a place to tell their side of the story.
    Let’s see how long you last…. tick, tock the clock has started.

    • Legaleaglet says:

      That was spot on, IP! They are showing The First Wives Club on TV at the moment. If you guys haven’t seen it, you absolutely MUST watch it, it’s very relevant to the issues here.

  6. Interested Party says:

    Love that film…. You don’t own me !

  7. BillK says:

    Most appropriate, IP, I agree !
    I’m not sure I’d be able to watch the First Wives Club myself, as I’m still married to one (bless). That favourite quip of Groucho Marx again springs to mind, though – ” I don’t care to belong to any club that would accept someone like me as a member.”

  8. Dignity says:

    Certain events over the last few days have proven, yet again, that it is the Old Fart who is in charge of the Beagleland though Ms Austen may well be reporting to Ms Briscoe in her new role.

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