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Old 26-05-2022, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
I work for a "shitty chinatown law firm".

Most of my clients are local SMEs who need lawyers to assist with smaller cases. I'm talking about disputes in the range of $10k to $5mil. There is a big market for lawyers who are willing to take up these cases.

These clients can't afford/don't want to pay B4 fees for non complex litigation. In the event the dispute becomes more complex than we can handle halfway through, we have contacts with lawyers in all the B4 firms whom we regularly pass cases on to.

Yes, you can't bill as much for these cases.

Yes, salaries cannot compare to B4 salaries.

But generally speaking, most of us who choose this life choose it becuase of the good hours, nice people, decent money, the ability to choose clients and also i think the ability to dictate your life as you wish - there is a certain value to being able to dress as you wish (and not be judged), to come in late (and not get **** for it), to leave office to run errands when you need to (and not have seccys bitching), to take leave/long leave when you need to (without feeling guilty) and to generally have a life outside of work.

Mind you, most of us accept that the we will never be rich or famous or have many reported cases... but i think most of us also believe that we are giving good value-for-money services to clients to who need it.

Anyways. Life.
I think the above applies if you have little to no financial obligations. If you have ailing parents, or kids with special needs, for heck you will choose this cushy chinatown office job.

I work in B4 and I know some who have very heavy financial burdens - they have no choice but to stay because of the pay. Yes, the toxicity is there but this is the price they are willing to foot to get the money for their family or loved ones.

I have a colleague whose family is involved in a legal battle and they need money. You think she likes to work in B4? Puiii! But in this world, 99% of the things can be solved with money and there is no choice.

So yeah... not all B4 people are mercenary jerks. Some do it because they have no other choices, nor do they have rich fathers to provide strong financial support

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