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A little free advice from Lucy Reed

A little free advice from Lucy Reed

As I sat down today, Sunday, to catch up with some billing, think about recording a Podcast, prep some more blog posts, work out what I want to say in oral evidence to the Parliamentary Immigration Bill committee next week (eek!) and look over yet more pro bono paperwork, this piece by the excellent family law blogger and barrister Lucy Reed (aka @familoo) caught my eye on Twitter. It is about the constant battle for some lawyers between desire to do Good Things and be Successful and the limited time available and the needs of others in our lives.

Couldn’t agree more with what she says. I am regularly asked for free advice. Sometimes this is by desperate people for whom I feel huge sympathy, sometimes by solicitors as part of their business model as a quid pro quo for paid instructions at some indeterminate point in the future.

Something has to give.

Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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