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.