One of the superpowers that lawyers must possess is the ability to see into the future and avert disaster. While I suspected this was the case early on in my legal travels it was driven home to me at my first law firm interview. After the usual questions about why I wanted to be a lawyer and what I really admired about the firm I was interviewing at, we moved onto crystal ball gazing. The first question, ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’ I had anticipated. Indeed I had spent the day before willing myself to imagine myself as a partner at said esteemed law firm. As a result I got away with that one. ‘Good’ came the reply but then before I had any time to relax I was hit by ‘But what if you don’t make it to partner? ‘What then?’ I was thrown. Having only just forced myself to imagine myself as achieving something which seems pretty farfetched in the first place I had not yet pictured a scenario where said event may not happen. My brain froze. No thoughts came. I had to break the silence and quickly. Into my head came a passage from Winnie-the-Pooh and before I could stop myself I could hear myself saying………………. It was a very blustery day and Pooh and Piglet were walking into 100 acre wood. Piglet was frightened. He turned to Pooh and said ‘what if a branch falls on our head and hurts us. Pooh thought about it for a minute and said to Piglet, ‘BUT WHAT IF IT DOESN’T!’ Piglet was reassured by this. There was silence for a while. Eventually one interviewer turned to the other and said I don’t think she took your question very seriously. Reflecting on that awkward interview some decades ago I realise that what makes me and Briffa lawyers different is our ability to assess risk and put it in perspective. Lawyers dwell on and obsess about things going wrong and I agree that it’s our job to see into the future and guide businesses around boulders. However often a sense of perspective is lost. Overplaying risk can rob a business of the confidence it needs and starve it of the really valuable support to move forward. As a business you will encounter many blustery days. Briffa can help you through them. If you haven’t met us yet make a point of getting in touch so we can help you though the wind.
“Having Briffa on my side and fighting my case really did fill me with confidence. Every step of the way they guided me and kept me informed. My lawyer Thomas Synott is amazing and comes highly recommended. As a creative and small business owner I would advise the services of Briffa and and there excellent staff.”