I've commented before about how January, commonly reputed to be the divorce lawyer's peak season, just isn't. However, that's not to say we don't have a seasonal business - in fact it's very seasonal. It's not the New Year that brings in a need for change, though, it's the autumn.
I blame school myself. From the age of less than five, all the way through to the end of eucation, most likely in our early twenties, we are conditioned to a fresh start each September. I find that from late September through to mid November I have a boom in new instructions and this year has been no exception. My theory is that once the summer is out of the way, people begin to take stock. Bear in mind that the majority of divorces come about within 11 years of marriage and you can see that many arise, sadly, where there are school age children, so the school year is the template for family life.
This autumn has been particularly busy for me as I have started to present training seminars for BPP,one of the leading professional training organisations. The solicitors' training year runs from 1st November annually, so October is the month when solicitors realise with horror that they need to accumulate several more hours to comply,with professional requirements. I've been rushing round the country as a result, presenting courses for lawyers who, happily, have in the main part restricted themselves to signing up to courses which are at least of direct relevance to their practices. In times past, I have found myself sitting in seminars on advanced family law next to conveyancing solicitors who couldn't find anything directly relevant to them on a day they could spare out of the office!
So anyway, that's my excuse for being a non-blogger for the last two months. I intend to be back with a vengeance now. Loads of interesting things going on in family law, and one or two other areas as well.
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